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World-Mindedness and Global Citizenship (Perspectives in Education)

Until recently, citizenship referred to a set of dispositions held by persons socialized and educated in the values and political structures of the nation-state where they reside. Indeed, mass public education was promoted in nation-states to ensure assimilation of immigrants from across the world and their allegiance (patriotism) to the new nation of residence rather than their countries of origin. Cultural diversity within and across nations adds to the complexities of citizenship: Individuals represent diverse cultural identities that interact in complex ways with the dominant cultural identity of their own and other nation-states. Cultural identity can both enrich and limit cross-national cooperation and collaboration, and strong individual cultural identities that conflict with a dominant national identity can challenge loyalty to the nation-state. Persons seen ...

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