Emancipation

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  • A concept that is an extension of the discussion relating to citizenship. Political emancipation refers to having the full and absolute rights inherently possessed by a citizen of a nation-state during a particular period in history, regardless of the individual's characteristics (i.e., physical) or status (i.e., social). Simply stated, who you are as a private individual is completely separate from who you are as a political individual (citizen).

    One of the most influential works in the theory of emancipation was written by Karl Marx. His work “On the Jewish Question” argues that it is foolish, though an important first step, to ground emancipation and seek it in the political structures because it offers only an illusion of freedom, wherein freedom is a mechanism of bourgeois control. ...

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