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ERIC Number: EJ845630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Power, Discourse, and Learning Global Citizenship: A Case Study of International NGOs and a Grassroots Movement in the Narmada Valley, India
Shukla, Natasha
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v4 n2 p133-147 2009
The field of transnational contestation conceptualized as global civil society (GCS) is gaining academic interest as a political "counter-force" against the exigencies of globalization. However, social actors within GCS occupy unequal positions of power in relation to each other. This article examines how the discourses of transnational action generated by these actors are inflected by their different power positions and how these discursive activities provide spaces for learning divergent forms of global citizenship. This discussion is facilitated through a case study of a transnational campaign involving two unequal actors in GCS--a grassroots movement (NBA) in the Narmada Valley and supporting international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the West. It is argued that INGO discourses reiterated their power over NBA and provided a space for learning "vertical" forms of global citizenship. Contrastingly, NBA discursively subverted these asymmetries and promoted "horizontal" global citizenship. The article concludes by examining pedagogical implications of these findings for GCS. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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