Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction
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.
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Questions for Thought and Discussion
- In what ways, is being a good citizen different from being a good neighbour or simply a good person?
- Can commercial corporations be citizens (as in ‘corporate citizenship’)?
- Is voting the most important feature of citizenship?
- Are the rights of citizenship any different to human rights? If so, should they be?
- Do citizens have duties as well as rights? If so, what are they?
- Do you think immigrants should have to take a citizenship test? If so, what sorts of questions should such a test ask?
- Must citizens speak the same language and share the same values? Or is multicultural citizenship possible?
- Do you think citizenship should be taught in schools? If so, what topics ought the curriculum to cover?
- Should the voting age be lowered to 16? Or ought it to be raised to 40? Should pensioners be allowed to vote?
- Can there be global citizenship? If so, how does it differ from national citizenship?
Other books by Richard Bellamy
- (co-editor with Alex Warleigh), Citizenship and Governance in the European Union (London: Continuum, 2001, 2nd ed. 2005)
- (co-editor with Dario Castiglione and Emilio Santoro), Lineages of European Citizenship: Rights, Belonging and Participation in Eleven Nation States (Palgrave, 2004)
- (co-editor with D. Castiglione and J. Shaw), Making European Citizens: Civic Inclusion in a Transnational Context (Palgrave, 2006)
- R. Bellamy and A. Palumbo (eds), Citizenship, International Library of Essays in Political Theory and Public Policy (Ashgate, 2010)
- R Beiner, (ed.), Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY Press, 1995)
- E. F. Isin and B. S. Turner (eds), Handbook of Citizenship Studies (Sage, 2003)