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Education, Citizenship and the New Public Diplomacy in the UK: What is the relationship?

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JournalCitizenship, Social and Economics Education
DatePublished - 2009
Issue number2/3
Pages (from-to)73-83
Original languageEnglish


Global citizenship is a contested concept which is receiving
attention in the United Kingdom as a means of contributing to
students’ understanding of global issues and the rights and
responsibilities that they imply. Global citizenship education is
criticized as indoctrination by some and considered the best route
to global peace by others. This article provides a discussion of its
relationship with the concept and practice of cultural relations and
specifically the New Public Diplomacy. It is claimed that global
citizenship education and the new public diplomacy have some
shared objectives, and that a discussion of the one may benefit from
a consideration of the other. Furthermore, the aims of the new
public diplomacy cannot be met without a clear understanding of
global citizenship education, and how it affects those aims. The
article considers the relationship of both concepts and concludes
that this relationship is important to the theory and practice of

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