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The Dimensions of Global Citizenship: Political Identity by Darren J. O'Byrne PDF

By Darren J. O'Byrne

The Dimensions of worldwide Citizenship takes factor with the belief that principles approximately worldwide citizenship are purely Utopian beliefs. the writer argues that, faraway from being a latest phenomenon, international citizenship has existed all through historical past as an intensive substitute to the inadequacies of the countryside method. basically within the post-war period has this perfect develop into politically significant. This social transformation is illustrated by means of references to the actions of world social events in addition to these of person voters.

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Following Gramsci, such commentators have preferred to discuss ‘civil society’ in order to distance their contributions from the liberal citizenship debate. Gramsci’s insights remain probably the most significant contributions to the citizenship debate from within the Marxist tradition. Following Marx, ‘orthodox’ Marxists have been critical of the very concept of citizenship as a bourgeois one, but more recent interpretations have moved beyond this economic dogmatism towards a form of radical pluralism based around such non-Marxist terms as rights.

17. Held, ‘Between State and Civil Society’, pp. 20–1; Hall and Held, ‘Citizens’, p. 177. 18. Craig Calhoun, ‘Civil Society, Nation-Building and Democracy: The Importance of the Public Sphere to the Constitutional Process’, paper presented to the First International Symposium on the Making of the Eritrean Constitution, 7–12 January 1995, Asmara, Eritrea, p. 18. 19. The word itself, of course, comes from the Greek: demos (people) and kratos (rule). 20. John Keane, Public Life and Late Capitalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp.

In contrast to pluralism, Marxist theory has claimed that it is insufficient to define societal membership in merely political or legal terms. Following Gramsci, such commentators have preferred to discuss ‘civil society’ in order to distance their contributions from the liberal citizenship debate. Gramsci’s insights remain probably the most significant contributions to the citizenship debate from within the Marxist tradition. Following Marx, ‘orthodox’ Marxists have been critical of the very concept of citizenship as a bourgeois one, but more recent interpretations have moved beyond this economic dogmatism towards a form of radical pluralism based around such non-Marxist terms as rights.

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