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The potential of global citizenship education to tackle anti-immigrant sentiments : A qualitative research about how global citizenship education transforms personal identities and constitutes mechanisms to reduce anti-immigrant sentiments

Ziegler, Magdalena (2016) The potential of global citizenship education to tackle anti-immigrant sentiments : A qualitative research about how global citizenship education transforms personal identities and constitutes mechanisms to reduce anti-immigrant sentiments.

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Abstract:Anti-immigrants sentiments are currently rising across Europe. Ethnocentric identification, group conflict and othering are determinants of these sentiments. They generate a fertile ground for populism and stimulate anti-democratic behavior. Therefore they challenge de-mocracy from within and make the ‘migration crisis’ in its core to a crisis of democratic val-ues. Literature suggests liberal education and in particular global citizenship education to keep democracies alive. This study is concerned about answering the research question: ‘How are democratic values addressed by global citizenship education and what is the potential of global citizenship education to reduce anti-immigrant sentiments?’ A qualitative research on the basis of five policy documents, published by different policy actors (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Development Education Exchange in Europe Project, Oxfam, the North-South Center and the European Commission) is conduct-ed. The findings reveal the potential of global citizenship education to restore democratic val-ues and to transform the learner’s way of thinking and personal identities. Freedom, equality and solidarity are constituting three mechanisms to overcome ethnocentrism, to transcend group conflict and to transform the perception of the other. Against the expectations derived from theory, democratic values are not reducing determinant of anti-immigrant sentiments alone, but in interaction.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70584
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