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Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World Paperback – January 18, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; 1st edition, edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815721412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815721413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hakan Altinay is a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution. Previously he served as executive director of the Open Society Foundation–Turkey and was a World Fellow at Yale University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Basak Otus on April 19, 2011
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In this brilliantly written and thought-provoking book, Hakan Altinay introduces the notion of global civics--a concept that builds upon the basic tenets behind global ethics, global justice and world citizenship, and suggests that we all have certain rights and responsibilities towards each other by the mere fact of being human on Earth. The book is an attempt to define the concept in greater detail, and to discuss and defend the need for a global civics, which would ideally offer today's world citizens a shared sense of consciousness and responsibility in the face of global issues.

Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World is comprised of eight engaging yet highly accessible essays written by academics and intellectuals all around the world, including Nabil Fahmy, Trevor Manuel, Edgar Pieterse and Tara Hopkins. The book is divided into three major sections: Section One presents and defines the concept of global civics, and discusses the inevitable need for a global civics in today's world. Section Two offers diverse assessments of the concept from all around the world and addresses several significant issues, such as achieving global civics through global solidarity, discussing global civics through literature, and creating a new sense of global security that would ultimately replace the current one mainly preserved by the UN Charter. Section Three discusses various options for a global civics college curriculum, and even proposes a sample syllabus for a fourteen-week course in global civics.

A must read for readers of all ages, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World invites us to question our increasingly important role as world citizens in a highly interdependent and globalized world.
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