Actor-Network Theory of Cosmopolitan Education
In the past, philosophers discussed cosmopolitanism as a normative ideal of allegiance to humanity as a whole. A debate among social theorists, however, has examined cosmopolitanism as an incipient empirical phenomenon: an orientation of openness to foreign others and cultures. This paper introduces actor-network theory to elaborate the social-theoretical conception of cosmopolitanism. In light of the actor-network theory of cosmopolitanism, the paper proposes cosmopolitan education that aims to foster in students three dispositions: to extend attachments to foreign people and objects; to understand transnational connections in which their lives are embedded; and to act on these attachments and understandings to effect transformations across national borders. Through this three-fold cosmopolitan education, students will grow to be citizens of the world who traverse national borders dialogically by virtue of their transnational attachments, understandings, and actions.
Actor-network theory, Citizenship education, Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, International education, Japanese schools
Asian Studies | Education | Sociology
Journal of Curriculum Studies
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
SAITO, Hiro.(2010). Actor-Network Theory of Cosmopolitan Education. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 42(3), 333-351.
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