The Construction of Citizenship in Public Debate
Citizenship means different things in different languages. The French citoyen (a participant in political life) needs to be distinguished from the bourgeois (someone who is satisfied with the status quo). In French, ‘active citizenship’ is at best redundant (Tonkens & Newman 2011). Americans use the term citizenship most often in the context of civil rights – of protecting citizens’ freedoms from government encroachment (cf. Conover-Johnson et al. 1991: 812). In UK usage, ‘citizenship’ is close to ‘nationality’, while in German and Dutch the citizen is most often a decent person, someone who will be regarded as someone who is perhaps well-mannered but somewhat dull.
KeywordsEuropean Union Public Debate Good Citizenship Policy Index Native Citizen
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