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By Herman R. Van Gunsteren

Does very important citizenship require ethical consensus? Or is it the facility to prepare our transformations, that enables humans to reside jointly as voters in a republic? while liberal, republican, and communitarian theories of citizenship analyzed the stipulations of citizenship, the critical message of this e-book is that the sensible workout of citizenship, below stipulations which are faraway from perfect, is the most resource of its energy. rather than arguing for extra participation, it specializes in the citizenship of these who, for no matter what cause, are already lively within the public sphere. Herman van Gunsteren develops a concept of citizenship well matched to the period of political reform that was once inaugurated by way of the revolutions of 1989.

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Surprising or disturbing djference is transformed by way 05 discourse, movemernts, and procedures; for instance, by saying "I'm sorv"; by going to court; by dancing together and kissing; by being a mernber of a panel; or by allowing someone to pamper yntt. Notice that this processing involves more than one person. The other person may speak wise and friendlJi words, but if 1do not understand the lantguage, then our game, our dance, fais. It does indeed take two to tango. The cmceptualization proposed here can be used to understand situations where plurality is at issue, In this vision, plurality is not something that is simply there, it is what individuals construct in their social interaction.

Merefore, this book-in contradistinction to many other studies, which start at the level of the group-Sacuses on the micro level of two persons who differ; and their diffcsenre is what we shall define as plurality. ctn of hocv pl~trallivis organbed b y citizens. Plurality-differences between people who deal with each other-is what politics is cmcerned with. Plurality is, in the words of Hamah Aretndt (1959:6Q),"the condition . . of a21 political life,'kwbile freedom is its "raism d'@treu(Amndt 19678:146).

Lly limited use of violence. The term. virtue hnplies that. mom is needed than simply abiding by the mles. It is a matter of sensibly, competently, and responsibly dealing with authority, and with situations and positions of dependence, These functions cannot be exhaustiwely laid down in rules. Individual competence also is essen- Theories of Citizenship, Old and Rew D 25 tial for the exercise of citizenship. A chairman who does not break the rules but is otherwise incompetent in presid,ing over and gtliding a meeting can be a disaster.

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