Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World

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Stanford University Press, May 4, 2011 - Education - 327 pages
With the increasing integration of global economies and societies, the nation-state is no longer the sole force shaping and defining citizenship. New ideas of "global citizenship" are emerging, and universities, which are increasingly involved in international engagements, provide a unique opportunity to explore how fundamental understandings of modern citizenship are changing.

Drawing on case studies of universities in China, the United States, Hungary, and Argentina, Global Citizenship and the University moves beyond a narrow political definition of citizenship to address the cultural and economic complexities of contemporary social life. Rhoads and Szelényi show how universities should be mindful of the possibilities for faculty and student involvement in the production, management, and application of knowledge, and how this in turn allows for an engagement as citizens that reflects serious considerations of the global context. Ultimately, the authors challenge universities and readers alike to consider the many transnational opportunities that are redefining citizenship today.

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Robert A. Rhoads is Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change and the founding Director of the Globalization and Higher Education Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Katalin Szelényi is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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