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Bryan S. Turner

In: Culture and Citizenship

Chapter 2: Outline of a General Theory of Cultural Citizenship

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Outline of a General Theory of Cultural Citizenship
Outline of a general theory of cultural citizenship
Bryan S.Turner

Citizenship may be conceptualized as a bundle of rights and obligations that formally define the legal status of a person within a state. This formal status is important because it is from this legal basis that individual citizens claim entitlements to national resources through such institutional arrangements as retirement, unemployment provisions, social security and welfare. There is an important reciprocal relationship between the possession of citizenship status and community membership. Because the modern state has been typically a national state, citizenship is derived ultimately from membership by birth within an ethnic community, where the entitlement to citizenship is typically inherited from parents. Israel may be the extreme example of ...

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