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Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction

Richard Bellamy

September 2008

ISBN: 9780192802538

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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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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.

  • Explores notions of citizenship from a political perspective, asking what citizenship is, and why it matters
  • Highly topical issue - citizenship has become a buzz-word for politicians of all stripes, moral leaders, and every kind of campaigning group from the global to the local level
  • Looks at the teaching of citizenship in schools, citizenship tests for immigrants, and the many different definitions and types of citizenship in modern society
  • Examines the challenges confronting the very possibility of citizenship today, the impact of globalization, and the desirability of 'global citizenship'
  • Explores the many different theories of citizenship, and looks at concepts such as membership and belonging, and the relation between citizenship, rights, and democracy

About the Author(s)

Richard Bellamy, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the School of Public Policy, University College London

Table of Contents

    Preface
    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
    Index

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