Appropriation, representation and cooperation as transnational practices: The example of Ferdinand Buisson

Klaus DITTRICH

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Abstract

This contribution focuses on the transnational activities of the French intellectual and education expert Ferdinand Buisson (1841–1932). The liberal Protestant Buisson played a crucial role in implementing republican educational reforms during the last decades of the nineteenth century. Investigating his motivations for crossing borders and contacting his peers in foreign countries, this contribution distinguishes three transnational practices. Firstly, Buisson “went transnational” in order to learn from abroad. Secondly, once his institutionalisation efforts showed a certain maturity, he proudly presented his achievements neatly packaged in a nationalist discourse. Thirdly, Buisson called for common international effort projects. It is suggested that these practices of appropriation, representation, and cooperation provide a general tool for analysing the activities of expert actors on the international scene in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Copyright © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe nation state and beyond: Governing globalization processes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
EditorsIsabella LÖHR, Roland WENZLHUEMER
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages149-173
ISBN (Electronic)9783642329340
ISBN (Print)9783642329333
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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expert
foreign countries
educational reform
maturity
institutionalization
intellectual
nineteenth century
twentieth century
discourse
education

Bibliographical note

Dittrich, K. (2013). Appropriation, representation and cooperation as transnational practices: The example of Ferdinand Buisson. In I. Löhr & R. Wenzlhuemer (Eds.), The nation state and beyond: Governing globalization processes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (pp. 149-173). Berlin: Springer.

Keywords

  • Public instruction
  • Governmental internationalism
  • Education expert
  • Educational section
  • National Education Association