Global and Local: Rethinking citizenship in art and visual culture education

Elizabeth Garber
2010 Encounters on Education  
We are all familiar with global colonization by the world's dominant cultures, especially that of the U.S.: Burger King restaurants found from Helsinki to Seoul to Mexico City, US sit-coms and blockbuster films dubbed in Chinese, Estonian, and Hindi, Microsoft as the prevailing software in Ankara, Makarora, Nuuk, and Tierra del Fuego. Participatory democracy is threatened by globalization because international corporations are beyond the control of nation- states. Yet thinking of globalization
more » ... g of globalization as bad or the local as remedy is overly reductive. Societies and cultures are not only in a constant state of change, but influence each other continually-historically as well as currently. Cultures are varied, complex, and in constant flux. In education, it is up to us as teachers and theoreticians, to develop means to guide students in ways to understand, explore, and live in our globalized world.
doi:10.15572/enco2010.09 fatcat:r4k34j7quff43jrqzy475dmyz4