Global Citizenship through a
Race, Gender, Class Lens


Education always functions in an accountable relation to the community, the populus, or the people, recognizing that communities and knowledges are never divorced from the hierarchical workings of power and the unequal distribution of social resources. This entails teaching students the concepts they need to be critically literate in a global culture where accountability to the "populus" requires not just encounters with the differences of U.S. multicultural society and its literatures but an ability to think about how we come to know difference, how it is explained in a range of cultural texts, and the global divisions of material resources these knowledges are bound to (Rosemary Hennessy, 1998).

Painting: The Flower Carrier, by Diego Rivera, 1935. A Mexican peasant's back is bent and head lowered under the weight of flowers taken to market in a contradiction of beauty and oppression, a theme explored often by Rivera.


Educating Global Citizens: Critical Thinking and Faculty Partnerships in Teaching Race, Gender and Class, presentation at the American Sociological Association 2000, Washington, D.C. August 15, 2000
Marcia Hernandez, University at Albany, State University of New York
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Deborah M. LaFond, University at Albany, State University of New York
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Andrew C. Spalaris, University of California at Berkeley
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