Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Considering Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change
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Is part ofÉthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics ; vol. 8, no 1
Publisher(s)Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal
Canadian universities are expanding opportunities for students to travel, study, volunteer and work abroad for academic credit, especially in regions of the global south often called “developing countries.” It is widely assumed that exposure to extreme poverty through shortterm placements overseas will make young Canadians and other Northerners into “global citizens” who would by definition be incapable of indifference to the lack of freedom that accompanies extreme poverty. This paper asks whether it is warranted for Northerners to attain a claim to global citizenship via this mechanism, especially in light of the burdens falling upon Southern organizations that host young people from Canada and elsewhere.