Borders as the productive tension between the universal and the particular: Challenges for education in a global era

Sophie RUDOLPH, Stephen Eric CHATELIER

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Abstract

For some scholars and commentators, the era of globalisation represented a new border-less age. However, the continuing legacy of colonial expansion through contemporary forms of imperialism and mass movement of migrants and refugees, has ensured that, in today’s globalised world, the relevance of the border is growing, not declining. Indeed, the question of the border seems more urgent than ever. It is this urgency that has driven us to pause, here, on the idea and problem of ‘the border’. We argue that borders are a ‘fact’ of social life and that the border represents the social and material manifestation of the political and ethical problems of the relationship between the universal and the particular. This relationship is an irresolvable but necessary tension for the pursuit of justice, which we suggest sociological and education work must confront and attend to. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-127
JournalInternational Studies in Sociology of Education
Volume27
Issue number2-3
Early online date05 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Rudolph, S., & Chatelier, S. (2018). Borders as the productive tension between the universal and the particular: Challenges for education in a global era. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 27(2-3), 111-127. doi: 10.1080/09620214.2017.1415163

Keywords

  • Borders
  • Globalisation
  • Colonialism
  • Education
  • Politics

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