Johannes Drerup

The West and the Rest? Zur postkolonialen Kritik an Global Citizenship Education


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This contribution develops a defense of a universalist conception of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) against one of its most central critiques. This critique argues that GCE is based on genuinely ‘Western values’ (e. g., in the form of a conception of human rights or conceptions of rationality or the self), which are neither universally accepted nor universally valid and therefore unjustly forced on members of non-Western cultures and societies. GCE, according to this critique, is assumed to be another version of the educational justification of a hegemonic and unjust global regime in the tradition of Western colonialism and imperialism.

Global Citizenship Education, postcolonial theory, universalism