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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

Citizenship, Work and Welfare
Citizenship, work and welfare

According to T.H. Marshall, the notion of citizenship triggered development towards welfare state provision in the Western world. During the twentieth century citizenship notions have centred around the social (instead of the civil and political) dimensions of life and have resulted in a welfare state which has brought an unparalleled level of material independence to its individual citizens.

Since the 1980s, however, this seemingly unidirectional development towards more individual and material independence has slowed down and in some cases even reversed. All over the Western world welfare states have come under financial and ideological pressure. Social security benefits — the hallmark of social citizenship — expanded to such an extent that the security they brought crumbled under the growing ...

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