`Culture' and `citizenship' are two of the most hotly contested concepts in the social sciences. What are the relationships between them? This book explores the issues of inclusion and exclusion, the market and policy, rights and responsibilities, and the definitions of citizens and non-citizens. Substantive topics investigated in the various chapters include: cultural democracy; intersubjectivity and the unconscious; globalization and the nation state; European citizenship; and the discourses on cultural policy.

Citizenship, Intersubjectivity and the Lifeworld

Citizenship, intersubjectivity and the lifeworld
NickCrossley

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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