Deparochializing education: Globalization, regionalization, and the formation of an ASEAN education space

Aaron Soon Lee KOH

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Research on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has hitherto attracted scholarly attention and debate by both regional and international scholars working in area studies, such as international relations and Asia-Pacific/Southeast Asia studies. Confined to area studies, scholarly research on ASEAN is limiting because the parameters of research are invariably locked into issues related to economics, politics, security, and trade development in and around the region. Notably, education has been an under-researched topic. On the cusp of its 40th anniversary ASEAN envisages the formation of an ASEAN identity and socio-cultural community. As a point of departure from area studies, this paper engages in “regionalist thinking” about ASEAN, education and identity making. This “regionalist thinking” is, however, only thinkable and imaginable with reference to the “global,” because as a region ASEAN, whether perceived in geographical or in spatial terms, is part of the global sphere in which it is embedded. I argue in this paper that while historically education and schooling are directly related to the imaginaries of nation building and national identity making, the call for the creation of an ASEAN identity and the formation of a socio-cultural community requires that nation states in the region deparochialize education and redesign pedagogies that “teach and learn beyond the nation.” Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-195
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


state formation
Southeast Asia
national identity
nation state
international relations


Koh, A. (2007). Deparochializing education: Globalization, regionalization, and the formation of an ASEAN education space. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 28(2), 179-195.


  • International relations
  • Education
  • Globalization
  • International solidarity
  • Economic development
  • Politics, Practical
  • Nation-building
  • Nationalism