A good global neighbour: Scotland, Malawi and global citizenship

Enslin, P. and Hedge, N. (2010) A good global neighbour: Scotland, Malawi and global citizenship. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 6(1), pp. 91-105. (doi:10.1386/ctl.6.1.91_1)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ctl.6.1.91_1

Abstract

Used to express the international aspirations of Universities Scotland, the idea of the good global neighbour is reflected in the 2005 'Cooperation Agreement' between Scotland and Malawi and represents a challenging metaphor for global citizenship. We develop a critical but sympathetic account of the idea of the good global neighbour and its uptake in Scotland. The notion of the global neighbour is identified as a form of qualified moral partiality, appropriate to the shifting understandings of geographical borders occasioned by globalization. In this article, we highlight that this qualified partiality is reflected in Scottish policy, and its historical basis is also described. Finally, in considering a potential postcolonial criticism of this deployment of the idea of the good global neighbour, we reflect on implications for higher education policy in Scotland and its implicit assumptions about global citizenship.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Enslin, Professor Penny and Hedge, Professor Nicki
Authors: Enslin, P., and Hedge, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Citizenship Teaching and Learning
ISSN:1751-1917

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