Citizenship, Diversity and Pluralism: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Citizenship, Diversity and Pluralism: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

by Alan C. Cairns, Smit
     
 

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Citizenship has both a vertical and a horizontal dimension. The vertical links individuals to the state by reinforcing the idea that it is "their" state - that they are full members of an ongoing association that is expected to survive the passing generations. Accordingly their relation to the state is not narrowly instrumental but is supported by a reservoir of… See more details below

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Citizenship has both a vertical and a horizontal dimension. The vertical links individuals to the state by reinforcing the idea that it is "their" state - that they are full members of an ongoing association that is expected to survive the passing generations. Accordingly their relation to the state is not narrowly instrumental but is supported by a reservoir of loyalty and patriotism that gives legitimacy to the state. The horizontal relationship is the positive identification with fellow citizens as valued members of the same civic community. Here citizenship reinforces empathy and sustains solidarity through its official endorsement of who counts as "one of us." Citizenship, therefore, is a linking mechanism that in its most perfect expression binds the citizenry to the state and to each other.

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"The collection could not be more timely ... its appeal cuts across a number of different disciplines and sub-disciplines within the human sciences ... the combination of theoretical and comparative perspectives singles this collection out." Daniel Weinstock, Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal.

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ISBN-13:
9780773518889
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.06(d)

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