What is Citizenship?

What is Citizenship?

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Structured analytically, the book introduces the reader to all the facets of citizenship.
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Product details

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

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Political theorists have been writing about citizenship for overtwo thousand years, and it has been practised for even longer. Nowonder, therefore, that the concept and status of citizenship haveaccumulated a complex variety of interpretations. However, no agebefore ours has had such a widespread and pressing need tounderstand these accounts. During the last decade of the twentiethcentury, although scholars have provided a rich flow of commentaryon the subject, no single work offers an analysis that is thorough, succinct, and couched in an accessible style. What isCitizenship? fills this gap.

Structured analytically, the book introduces the reader to allthe facets of citizenship. These are illustrated by reference bothto a broad range of theoretical writing from Aristotle to thepresent day, and to the actual provisions of the status in a numberof countries. The volume explores, in addition, a diverse range ofpressing issues, including: the differences between the civicrepublican and liberal styles of citizenship; the origins andcurrent relationship between citizenship and nationality and theissue 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 creatingcitizens.

This book provides an invaluable introduction to this conceptfor students, teachers, and the general reader interested in thedebates about citizenship today.
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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.
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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 York
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About Derek Heater

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