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ERIC Number: EJ893229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1911
Global Justice and Education: From Nation to Neuron
Williams, Christopher
Educational Review, v62 n3 p343-356 Aug 2010
What is the relationship between education and global justice? This question is addressed within Ulrich Beck's notion of global "goods" and "bads", through a multidisciplinary approach, which E.O. Wilson terms "consilience"--a "jumping together" of knowledge from international relations to neuroscience. A critical political analysis proposes that global justice is not, as claimed, dependent on nation states but predates them. The educational contribution can be viewed as "knowledge as a global public good" and "bad", within which intergenerational justice is promoted through "indirect" cultural leadership to create a future-oriented "design for living". The paper then explores a deeper evolutionary psychology understanding of why educating for global justice is difficult, and yet potentially easy. Understanding "brain lag" is central. The concluding arguments are that education has, historically, been a precursor of justice not just an outcome, and that it should embody a right of access to diverse global knowledge, ideas, and jokes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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