Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Richard Bellamy

By Richard Bellamy

Curiosity in citizenship hasn't ever been better. Politicians of all stripes rigidity its value, as do church leaders, captains of and each form of campaigning group--from these assisting international motives, resembling tackling international poverty, to others with a mostly neighborhood concentration, corresponding to struggling with local crime. during this remarkable, compact creation, Richard Bellamy bargains an eye-opening examine an idea that's as very important because it is rare--the prospect of influencing executive coverage in line with quite reasonable principles and on a roughly equivalent foundation with others. Bringing jointly the newest scholarship, the ebook sheds gentle on how rules of citizenship have replaced via time from historic Greece to the current, appears at options akin to club and belonging, and highlights the relation among citizenship, rights, and democracy. Bellamy additionally examines the demanding situations confronting the very probability of citizenship this present day, the effect of globalization, the desirability of "global citizenship," the instructing of citizenship in colleges, citizenship exams for immigrants, and the numerous diverse definitions and kinds of citizenship in glossy society.

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Citizenship is an enormous topic for a quick advent, yet Richard Bellamy has risen to the problem with aplomb. Mark Garnett, TLS [Bellamy] advances a special and provocative view of citizenship. Mark Garnett, TLS you could simply wish that well-argued...tracts like this may remind govenments and electorate that citizenship consists of tasks in addition to rights. Mark Garnett, TLS

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So conceived, as in many respects it remains to this day, law was about how we could use ourselves and our things and those of others, and the use they may make of us and our things. As the example of St Paul shows, the resulting privileges and immunities, including the right to sue and be sued in given courts, were far from trivial. However, that the rule of law can be detached from the rule of persons, in that those subject to it do not have to be 39 Theories of citizenship and their history change.

Yet, citizenship itself, if one adds military service and participation in local affairs, was a fairly full occupation. Aristotle acknowledged that such forms of citizenship were likely to be possible only in fairly small states. That was important not just so everyone could have a turn at ruling and to keep the tasks of government sufficiently simple as to be manageable without a professional bureaucracy or political class, but also because it was 33 Theories of citizenship and their history Athens was unusual among Greek city states in being so democratic.

By and large, citizens have remained tied to their national or subnational allegiances and mainly, and increasingly, view the EU in narrowly self-interested terms as either beneficial or not to their country or economic group. European political parties exist largely as voting blocks of national parties within the European Parliament, while the vast majority of trans-European civil society organizations are small, Brussels-based lobby groups, with few if any members and invariably reliant on the EU for funding.

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