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Citizenship and Political Participation

Citizenship and Political Participation

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Overhead notes from this POG100 lecture; also on blackboard.
Overhead notes from this POG100 lecture; also on blackboard.

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Published by: Samuel on Nov 30, 2007
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POG 100: Introduction to Politics andGovernance, Section 1/2/3/7Fall 2007
October 30 2007
October 30 2007
Citizenship and representationNew Politics, social movements andresistancePolitical systems and politicalParticipation
Citizens and Citizenship
The concept of citizenship has a long history. Nation states assume a loyalcitizenship or subjects as the basis for their viability.Greek citizenship is often identified as the earliest form of citizenship but itwas accorded to a fraction of those who lived in Athens and had property,were male and white – only 20% of the populationThe modern concept is based on universal recognition of common equality of humanity but still assumes exclusions along territorial boundaries, etcIt is embedded in the Lockean idea that the relationships between the peopleand their government should be consensual and contractualThis modern concept of citizenship also has its roots in the French revolutionand the peoples’ demands for liberty, equality, and fraternityCitizenship rights and responsibilities derive from such considerations as birth, naturalizations, etcWho is a citizen? Who should be a citizen? Should that change in amulticultural environment with increased migration?What is the value of citizenship: for individuals (passport?), for community?

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