ISBN : 9780192802538
Interest in citizenship has never been higher. But what does it mean to be a citizen of a modern, complex community? Why is citizenship important? Can we create citizenship, and can we test for it?
In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, Richard Bellamy explores the answers to these questions and more in a clear and accessible way. He approaches the subject from a political perspective, to address the complexities behind the major topical issues. Discussing the main models of citizenship, exploring how ideas of citizenship have changed through time from ancient Greece to the present, and examining notions of rights and democracy, he reveals the irreducibly political nature of citizenship today.
"Citizenship is a vast subject for a short introduction, but Richard Bellamy has risen to the challenge with aplomb." - Mark Garnett, TLS
"[Bellamy] advances a distinct and provocative view of citizenship." - Mark Garnett, TLS
"One can only hope that well-argued...tracts like this will remind govenments and voters that citizenship involves duties as well as rights." - Mark Garnett, TLS
1: What is citizenship, and why does it matter?
2: Theories of citizenship and their history
3: Membership and belonging
4: Rights and the right to have rights
5: Democracy and participation
References and Further Reading
Interest in citizenship has never been higher. But what does it mean to be a citizen in a modern, complex community? Richard Bellamy approaches the subject of citizenship from a political perspective and, in clear and accessible language, addresses the complexities behind this highly topical issue.