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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

Postmodern Culture/Modern Citizens
Postmodern culture/modern citizens
Bryan S.Turner

There is a common assumption that postmodernism, as a theory and as a social movement, is either implicitly or explicitly conservative in political terms. A rather extreme version of this critique of postmodernism was expressed by Leo Lowenthal in an interview with Emilio Zugaro, where Lowenthal, in showing his disapproval of deconstructionism, the Nietzsche revival and the concept of posthistoire, claimed that postmodernism was a contemporary version of fascist irrationality.1 In more general terms, postmodernism is seen as conservative.2 This chapter, which is mainly concerned with politics and culture, attempts to challenge the assumption that postmodernism is unambiguously a threat to progressive politics through an examination of the problematic nature of citizenship in modern societies. In making the claim ...

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