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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 and Civil Society in Central Europe
Citizenship and civil society in central Europe
The traditional role of the intelligentsia in Central Europe

All historical dramas start with the presentation of the dramatis personae, the chief actors of social life. In Western Europe these actors are the burgher and the citizen, also called homo economicus and homo politicus. Civil society and the state, with their separate but interwoven institutional structures, appear as the great fields of activity for these sectors. In Central Europe this model is well known but of no direct use. We appreciate the extensive scholarly literature about citizenship, the recent discussions around the changing features of citizens in the postmodern era and the emerging new conditions for political participation, but we cannot apply them ...

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