London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

World citizenship as an educational project: From Weltschmertz to Rap

Author(s) Hegstrup, S  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
World citizenship and society are traced from Roman understandings of political organisation and civic belonging to contemporary world citizenship in the Declaration of Human Rights. But the Declaration is speculative: accepted but unworkable, foundering on Kantian distinctions of what ought to be and what should be. World citizenship seems wishful thinking, not a realisable educational project. We suffer from Weltschmerz, pessimism over the evils of the world, developed in educational terms by Rousseau and Kant. This can be seen in the ‘poetry’ of rap - from devastating political satire to a naïve and sensitive declaration of love. Educational theory about world citizenship must deal with complexity, financial globalisation and democratic control, cultural/national awareness and global responsibility, and sustainable development.

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