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This innovative volume explores ways in which the idea of citizenship can be seen as a unifying concept in understanding contemporary social change and social problems. The book outlines traditional linkages between citizenship and public participation, national identity and social welfare, and shows the relevance of citizenship for a range of rising issues extending from global change through gender to the environment. The areas investigated include: the challenge of internationalization to the nation state and to national identities; the contested nature of citizenship in relation to poverty, work and welfare; the implications of gender inequality; and the potential for new conceptions of citizenship in response to cultur

Towards a Global Ecological Citizen
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Bartvan Steenbergen

Over the past few years the concept of citizenship (and in its wake ‘civil society’) has gained momentum in political discussions as well as in social science research. One could even say that this concept has replaced other concepts, like social class, as an analytical instrument to understand the most important problems of our time. Whether we deal with the emerging underclass, the emancipation of women, new forms of social exclusion, the development of a civil society (especially in Central and Eastern Europe), new immigrants, ethnic minorities or growing nationalism, the concept of citizenship is not only used to analyse these issues, but it is also of great appeal as a constructive response to these ...

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