What is Citizenship?
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What is Citizenship?

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Structured analytically, the book introduces the reader to all the facets of citizenship.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 20mm | 439.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745622291
  • 9780745622293

About Derek Heater

Derek Heater is Founder Chairman of the Politics Association and the author of several books on political ideas.show more

Review quote

"[This] book fundamentally transforms our understanding of citizenship. It should become required reading in any course in political theory, philosophy, history, international relations and comparative politics that considers this key concept and its practical political and policy implications." Joel Krieger, Wellesley College, USA "This is an excellent book. It would not be possible for any good university course dealing with citizenship to omit this book from those items on the reading list marked 'essential'...The sharpness of thought shown in this book will make it easier to avoid the pitfalls and encourage people to reach for something that is coherent and meaningful...Superlatives are overused, but this book is a classic." Jan Davies, University of Yorkshow more

Back cover copy

Political theorists have been writing about citizenship for over two thousand years, and it has been practised for even longer. No wonder, therefore, that the concept and status of citizenship have accumulated a complex variety of interpretations. However, no age before ours has had such a widespread and pressing need to understand these accounts. During the last decade of the twentieth century, although scholars have provided a rich flow of commentary on the subject, no single work offers an analysis that is thorough, succinct, and couched in an accessible style. What is Citizenship? fills this gap. Structured analytically, the book introduces the reader to all the facets of citizenship. These are illustrated by reference both to a broad range of theoretical writing from Aristotle to the present day, and to the actual provisions of the status in a number of countries. The volume explores, in addition, a diverse range of pressing issues, including: the differences between the civic republican and liberal styles of citizenship; the origins and current relationship between citizenship and nationality and the issue of multiculturalism; the problems experienced by "second-class" citizens; the concept of "multiple citizenship" including the status of EU citizenship; the changing definition of "world citizenship"; and the role of education in creating citizens. This book provides an invaluable introduction to this concept for students, teachers, and the general reader interested in the debates about citizenship today.show more

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgement. Introduction. 1. The Liberal Tradition. 2. The Civic Republican Tradition. 3. Who are Citizens?. 4. Multiple Citizenship. 5. Problems and Resolutions. References. Selected Book List. Index.show more

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