Global citizenship and development: From benevolence to global justice?

Matt Baillie Smith*

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This chapter presents a critical challenge to the celebration of global citizenship and its role in development. Exploring how ideas of global citizenship have played a key role in the recent popularisation of development, I show how its mainstreaming can reinforce citizenships rooted in ideas of benevolent responsibility for the other. Using research on development education and international volunteering, I demonstrate how global citizenship has become depoliticised, and how development is used to achieve wider personal, corporate, and state objectives in relation to citizenship. In this chapter, I argue that looking beyond popular global citizenship initiatives reveals a range of emerging and existent global citizenships of importance to redefining development in terms of global justice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of International Development
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781137427243
ISBN (Print)9781137427236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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