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What does it mean to be a global citizen?: A qualitative interview study with Indian and Nepalese young adults concerning their perceptions of global citizenship
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today's increasingly interconnected world creates new challenges related to the use and understanding of the concept of citizenship. The idea of a global citizenship is not new; however, in recent years there has been an evolution of increasing research leading to the expansion of interest with regard to the exploration of the concept and how it could be implemented in practice. This study attempts to deepen the understanding of the qualitatively different ways of perceiving this concept amongst a number of Indian and Nepalese young adults. The study is based on a phenomenographic research approach, where the data material was collected through semi-structured interviews. The results of the study show that global citizenship can be perceived as being related to equality, cultural diversity, global responsibility, global communication and cosmopolitan governance. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that the young adults perceive themselves either only as national citizens, or as both national and global citizens. Finally, the respondents believe that formal education can contribute to the promotion of global citizenship by including the concept in the educational curriculum and by encouraging cultural exchange. The role of formal education in promoting global citizenship is also perceived to be unclear due to terminological confusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
global citizenship, global citizenship education, South Asia, young adults, phenomenography
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21539OAI: diva2:631215
Subject / course
HLK, Social Studies
Available from: 2013-06-27 Created: 2013-06-20 Last updated: 2013-06-27Bibliographically approved

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