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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

Civil Citizenship Against Social Citizenship? On the Ideology of Contract-Versus-Charity
Civil citizenship against social citizenship? On the ideology of contract-versus-charity
NancyFraser and LindaGordon

‘Citizen’ and ‘citizenship’ are powerful words. They speak of respect, of rights, of dignity. Consider the meaning and emotion packed into the French citoyen of 1789, a word that condemned tyranny and social hierarchy, while affirming self-government and status equality; that was a moment when even women succeeded in claiming address as citoyenne rather than as madame or mademoiselle. Since then the word appears often as a prefix to another term, always adding dignity to the original, as in ‘citizen-soldier’, ‘citizen-worker’, ‘citizen-mother’. The word has so much dignity it rarely appears in slang. In a few informal phrases it continues to carry approval and ...

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