Rethinking Citizenship

Rethinking Citizenship : Welfare, Ideology and Change in Modern Society

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Citizenship rights have become vital to our sense of personal identity and social membership in modern society. In this book, Maurice Roche argues that today we have to shift from the conventional post-war politics of social rights to a new politics of social obligations and personal responsibility. Recent social changes have created new problems which require rethinking of both social policy and the welfare state. Providing an analysis and assessment of citizenship in developed societies, the book also includes an assessment of contemporary debates about the rise of the "new poverty", the develoment of an "underclass", as well as other "post-industrial" changes affecting employment and family more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745603068
  • 9780745603063

Table of contents

Part 1 The dominant paradigm and its limits: social citizenship and the dominant paradigm - the British case; alternative version of social citizenship; the limits of social citizenship - poverty and the underclass in the USA. Part 2 The neoconservative challenge - social duties and cultural change: neoconservatism, citizenship and welfare; reforming social citizenship - neoconservatism and family policy in the USA, neoconservatism and work policy in the USA. Part 3 The challenge of modernity - social rights and political economic change: reinventing social citizenship - post-industrialism and new social rights, post-nationalism and new social rights in Europe; rethinking social citizenship - rights, duties and more