Forming the citizen: an analysis of confucian perspectives on individual and organisational citizenship

Arcodia, Charles (). Forming the citizen: an analysis of confucian perspectives on individual and organisational citizenship PhD Thesis, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland.

Author Arcodia, Charles
Thesis Title Forming the citizen: an analysis of confucian perspectives on individual and organisational citizenship
School, Centre or Institute Queensland University of Technology
Institution The University of Queensland
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor John Synott
Peter Isaacs
Total pages 285
Total black and white pages 285
Subjects 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
350500 Tourism
Abstract/Summary Citizenship has re-emerged as a key educational, social and political concept in the contemporary globalising society. Despite an extensive body of literature on citizenship, traditional assumptions have been called into question by worldwide social and cultural change. In contemporary debates, a variety of educational, social and political influences have been recognized as significant to citizenship formation, but within those discussions there has been scant attention to the contribution that Eastern social philosophies can make to the debates. This is in spite of the need for scholarship to incorporate culturally diverse perspectives appropriate to the current trends. In response to this need, this study has set out to investigate whether an analysis of key elements of Confucianism can inform current discourses on citizenship formation and the role that Confucian understandings of education might fulfil in that formation. Confucianism has been selected because it long has been recognised to promote a well developed civic ideal which can be related to the worlds of education, business and government. The research has been conducted through a hermeneutic analysis of a set of significant concepts within the principal Confucian texts, particularly The Analects and their educational aspects. The research indicates that these aspects of Confucian philosophy can make a substantial contribution to the emerging global literature about citizenship formation, and offers solutions to some of the contemporary problems of individual and organisational citizenship. Confucian responses to some of the problematics of citizenship have been discussed by focussing particularly on some of the key challenges inherent in the relationships between citizenship and individualism, citizenship and virtue, citizenship and the organisation, citizenship and democratic participation, citizenship and multiculturalism, and citizenship and globalisation. The study explores how the educational presentation of these issues can be informed by the conceptual frames offered by Confucian perspectives on citizenship education.
Keyword Confucianism; Global Citizenship

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Created: Fri, 25 Mar 2011, 15:56:25 EST by Dr Charles Arcodia on behalf of School of Tourism