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Nick Crossley

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Chapter 3: Citizenship, Intersubjectivity and the Lifeworld

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Citizenship, Intersubjectivity and the Lifeworld
Citizenship, intersubjectivity and the lifeworld

This chapter contributes to our understanding of cultural citizenship by examining the intersubjective-lifeworld aspects of citizenship qua status, role and identity. The main part of the chapter focuses on the work of G.H. Mead (1967). Notwithstanding some problems, which I examine, Mead's work makes an important contribution to the sociology of citizenship which has not received the attention it deserves; it allows us to see that citizenship is necessarily rooted in the intersubjective nexus of the lifeworld. Following Habermas (1987), however, I contend that a lifeworld perspective is not sufficient, on its own, for critical social theory. A systems perspective is also required. I therefore begin the chapter with an outline of the ‘systemic’ aspect of ...

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