Changing Citizenship by Osler, Starkey

By Osler, Starkey

How can citizenship in faculties meet the wishes of newcomers in multicultural and globalized groups? Can faculties get to the bottom of the tensions among calls for for powerful self-discipline and pressures to be extra inclusive? Educators, politicians and the media are utilizing the concept that of citizenship in new contexts and giving it new meanings. Citizenship can serve to unite a various inhabitants, or to marginalise and exclude. With the advent of citizenship at school curricula, there's an pressing desire for constructing the concept that of cosmopolitan and inclusive citizenship. altering Citizenship helps educators in knowing the hyperlinks among international switch and the standard realities of lecturers and beginners. It explores the function that colleges can play in making a new imaginative and prescient of citizenship for multicultural democracies. Key examining for schooling researchers and scholars on PGCE, B.Ed and Masters classes in schooling, in addition to citizenship lecturers and co-ordinators. altering Citizenship is of curiosity to all concerned with social justice and younger people's participation in decision-making.

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Human rights, peace, democracy and development Within Western democracies, the term ‘human rights’ is often linked in the media and in the public imagination to violations of civil and political rights exposed by organizations such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. During the Cold War, communist governments expressed distrust of liberal conceptions of human rights, stressing collective social and economic rights as having priority over individual political freedoms. We argue that neither position does justice to the power of a culture based on the human rights covered in the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration (see Appendix 1).

Indeed, one of the founding BL2143 chap 01 22 02/02/2005 8:52 PM Page 22 PART 1: CHANGING CITIZENSHIP principles of the European Union (EU) is mobility of labour and the encouragement of student mobility. Increasing numbers of EU citizens migrate to a warmer climate in another state at the time of retirement. Individuals across the world now commonly hold multiple citizenships and may own two or more passports. As a consequence of all these migration trends taking place all over the world, societies have become culturally diverse and have had to change and adapt to the new demographics.

The World Conference on Human Rights was attended by over a thousand NGOs, meeting alongside governments in the NGO Forum. The 2000 participants adopted many recommendations, beginning, like the governments, with a statement reaffirming the universality of human rights: ‘It is strongly and unequivocally affirmed that all human rights are universal and are equally applicable in different social, cultural and legal traditions. Claims of relativism can never justify violations of human rights under any circumstances’ (UNCHR 1994: 230).

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