ERIC Number: EJ913447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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Reference Count: 79
To Nail a Pudding: Metaphorical Analysis of the Social Studies Education Discourse Community on Globalization
Agbaria, Ayman K.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n2 p209-225 Mar 2011
Despite the abundance of studies on globalization in educational research, globalization is often approached as a monolithic and standardized concept. Focusing on the social studies education in the USA, this study explores how the various metaphors through which globalization is framed embrace particular perspectives on how to conceive and educate about globalization. Specifically, this study discusses seven conceptual metaphors: the global as a place, time, container, spectacle, person, threat, and as a force of nature. In doing so, it illustrates how globalization is predominately rendered as an inclusive structure, a disembedded process, and as a permanent threat. The different metaphors, this paper argues, fulfill a twofold role. First, they define a domain of their own, the global domain, creating a distinctive global viewpoint on human agency and social change. Second, these metaphors also release a political imagination structured around particular expectations of what exactly the global means and does.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Global Approach, Social Studies, Figurative Language, Politics, Discourse Communities, Social Change, Imagination, Educational Practices, Role of Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States