Global Citizenship and Study Abroad: A Comparative Study of American and Australian Undergraduates


  • Nadine Dolby



Global Citizenship, Study abroad, Education abroad, Australia, United States of America, Comparative study


This article presents an essay, where the author examines how two groups of undergraduates, from Australia and the United States, negotiate their national and global identities in the context of studying abroad. Demonstrating the nuances of “global citizenship, ” the author draws on Craig Calhoun’s (2002) scholarship on national identity and Martha Nussbaum’s (2002) philosophical framework of global citizenship. The author further argues for a more complex understanding of the dynamics of nation and globe and for a paradigm of “global citizenship” grounded in critical self-awareness, mutual respect, and reciprocity (Nussbaum, 2002; Gillespie, 2003).


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Author Biography

Nadine Dolby

Nadine Dolby is Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies at Purdue University. Her most recent book, Youth Moves: Identities and Education in Global Perspective (edited with Fazal Rizvi) was published by Routledge in 2007. Her other publications include Constructing Race: Youth, Identity, and Popular Culture in South Africa (State University of New York Press, 2001) and Learning to Labor in New Times (edited with Greg Dimitriadis, Routledge, 2004). She has also published in numerous journals including Harvard Educational Review, African Studies Review, Comparative Education Review, Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Studies in International Education, Australian Education Researcher, Educational Researcher, British Journal of Sociology of Education, and Teachers College Record. She has conducted research in South Africa, Australia and the United States, and her areas of research interest include international education, higher education, and global youth culture. 


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How to Cite

Dolby, N. (2008). Global Citizenship and Study Abroad: A Comparative Study of American and Australian Undergraduates. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 17(1), 51–67.



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