Global Citizenship: Fostering Concern or Nihilism?

By Carol Miller.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: April 10, 2014 $US5.00

A survey was completed by a probability sample of 374 undergraduate students at a public comprehensive university in Midwestern United States. Survey questions were adapted from the World Values Survey (2009) in order to assess knowledge, understanding, and beliefs about global issues. While most of the respondents identified themselves as citizens of the world, many also expressed a belief that they had little power to fix the world's problems. Specific factors were identified as significant predictors of global citizenship and nihilism, suggesting that universities can do more to help students feel empowered to make the necessary changes in their world.

Keywords: Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Nihilism

Global Studies Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.67-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 376.032KB)).

Dr. Carol Miller

Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Carol D. Miller earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona. She teaches Rural and Urban Sociology, Global Inequality, Policy & Society and Sociology of Gender and conducts research on the effects of globalization in local communities. She is the author of the book Niagara Falling: Globalization in a Small Town.

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