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CITIZENSHIP

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The relationship between citizenship and identity is both simple and complex. Simply put, one's identity as citizen is expressed through her or his actions within a public space. Thus, citizenship can be seen as an outcome or product. Actions as simple as voting, writing a letter to the editor, running for office, attending a council meeting, or even refusing to allow a political sign on one's yard may all serve as signs of citizenship—of actively engaging in one's community for better or worse. In each ...

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