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Citizenship : A Very Short Introduction - Richard Bellamy


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 30th November 2008
ISBN: 9780192802538
Number Of Pages: 144

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Interest in citizenship has never been higher. Politicians of all stripes stress its importance, as do church leaders, captains of industry and every kind of campaigning group--from those supporting global causes, such as tackling world poverty, to others with a largely local focus, such as combating neighborhood crime. In this brilliant, compact introduction, Richard Bellamy offers an eye-opening look at an idea that is as important as it is rare--the prospect of influencing government policy according to reasonably fair rules and on a more or less equal basis with others. Bringing together the most recent scholarship, the book sheds light on how ideas of citizenship have changed through time from ancient Greece to the present, looks at concepts such as membership and belonging, and highlights the relation between citizenship, rights, and democracy. Bellamy also examines the challenges confronting the very possibility of citizenship today, the impact of globalization, the desirability of "global citizenship," the teaching of citizenship in schools, citizenship tests for immigrants, and the many different definitions and types of citizenship in modern society.

Industry Reviews

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 *


   Preface Chapter 1   What is citizenship, and why does it matter? Chapter 2   Theories of citizenship and their history Chapter 3   Membership and belonging Chapter 4   Rights and the right to have rights Chapter 5   Democracy and participation

   References and Further Reading


ISBN: 9780192802538
ISBN-10: 0192802534
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30th November 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.1  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13

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