Championing human rights close to home and far away: human rights education in light of national identity construction and foreign policy in Norway

  • Knut Vesterdal Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Abstract

Human rights education (HRE) has been recognised in international educational discourses as a sustainable practice to develop active citizenship and protect human dignity. However, such education has not been fully explored in a broader political context. In addition to contributing to empowering citizens to resist human rights violations, HRE plays several roles in society, contributing to both national identity and international image-building. The article explores possible relations between national identity construction, foreign policy and HRE in Norway through the following research question: What interplay occurs between Norwegian foreign policy and national identity in relation to human rights, and, within this context, what is the role of HRE? The article presents a qualitative analysis of Norwegian policy documents and reports, arguing that HRE is a component of Norwegian national identity as well as political currency in foreign relations.

 

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Published
2019-03-29
How to Cite
Vesterdal, K. (2019). Championing human rights close to home and far away: human rights education in light of national identity construction and foreign policy in Norway. Human Rights Education Review, 2(1), 05-24. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.2907
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Research articles