1 Challenges to national citizenship It is clear from the experience of the United States and Britain that the possession of full, formal citizenship does not impede the development of multiply disadvantaged ethnocultural minorities. (Brubaker, 1998, p. 137) An effect of the popularity of “multicultural” or postcolonial texts is the questioning of fixed and self-evident notions of nationality and citizenship. After decolonization, writers in newly independent countries like Kenya, India or Algeria made nationalism an important issue in their writing. This was

in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France

Three related concepts are addressed here: rights, obligations and citizenship. We first consider the development of the concept of ‘rights’ as being intrinsic to human beings because they are human . Different interpretations of the term ‘rights’ are discussed together with some of the controversies which surround the issue at the present. Next we analyse the idea of

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8 Politics and citizenship The key challenge facing both Government and Irish society in the period ahead is the need to integrate people of a different culture, ethnicity, language and religion so that they become part of our nation, part of the Irish family in the 21st century. (Fianna Fáil, 2009) This chapter examines immigrant political participation and the role of citizenship in the political integration of immigrants. Firstly, it considers bottom-up efforts of immigrants to participate in electoral politics since 2004, when two former asylum seekers

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they were expected to be good citizens. Part of this included their self-conduct in the school, but the demands of citizenship reached further. Lessons in civic values, taught in historical stories, were intended to help them understand the attitudes and characteristics they should emulate for the sake of the enduring national good. As A. Rogers was later to summarise in his assessment of the teaching

in Citizenship, Nation, Empire

1 Citizenship by civic virtue? Introduction The cases for and against voting rights for prisoners have been widely examined in academic literature and political discourse (see, for example, Abramsky, 2006; Campbell, 2007; Clegg et al., 2006; Easton, 2011; Ewald and Rottinghaus, 2009; Itzkowitz and Oldak, 1973; Kleinig and Murtagh, 2005; Manfredi, 1998; Manza and Uggen, 2006; Mauer, 2011; Plannic, 1987; Ramsay, 2013; Reiman, 2005). It is widely accepted that even in the most advanced liberal democracies there are limitations on the right to vote, depending on

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7 Imprisonment and citizenship This chapter brings the book to a close by making the case that enfranchisement is one element, albeit an important one, within wider fields of prisoners’ rights and opportunities for participative citizenship. It outlines the challenges for prisoners in embracing the franchise and makes some suggestions about how to re-engage a section of the population disconnected from society and disillusioned with political and civic institutions. If the goal of enfranchisement is inclusion and allowing prisoners to participate as citizens

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Constructing militarised masculinities and citizenship in South Africa

3 Performing citizenship, engendering consent: constructing militarised masculinities and citizenship in South Africa We had come to accept that it is the law. Your children get called up for two years and that’s it. [My son] did not have time to learn that it was all lies. According to him, he died a hero because that’s all he knew. (letter from Mrs Ann-Marie Wallace, mother of a conscript killed in service, to TRC, 1998a: 312) Is it possible to maintain stability if the burden, and the risks, of defence must be carried by some – while others escape the

in Masculinities, militarisation and the End Conscription Campaign
Refugee communities and the state in France, 1914–18

Refugee communities and the state in France v 10 v Citizenship on the move: refugee communities and the state in France, 1914–18 Alex Dowdall Introduction The outbreak of war in 1914 generated large-scale population displacement in France, as in other belligerent states. In the combat zones of the north and east, few civilians could avoid the conflict’s direct impact. The movements of armies, German atrocities, bombardments of towns by both sides, and the fears that these events engendered, prompted large numbers to flee. In mid-October 1914, the parish priest

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:49 PM Page 19 The long march back 19 Reciprocity Similarly, whereas the Old Left based its ideas upon the social rights of citizenship and interpreted entitlements to welfare as unconditional (Plant, 1998), the NSD regards obligations as equally important. This does not mean abandoning the category of social rights, as the New Right advocated (Plant, 1993), but it does mean being clearer and firmer about attaching rights to responsibilities (Roche, 1992). This reciprocity mirrors the social interdependency that is expressed in the principle of community, since

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Or, what was history for?

‘Education for Citizenship’, 4 not the more recent think tanks who succeeded in 2002 in their aim of having citizenship introduced to the curriculum as a discrete secondary school subject. 5 From Sadler’s advice, it was clear that much work was needed to continue inspiring children to want to do their best for their nation. The Germans, he argued (rather contentiously) in

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