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Crafting Citizenship

  • Menno Hurenkamp
  • Evelien Tonkens
  • Jan Willem Duyvendak

Abstract

Citizenship, what is it good for? The notion of citizenship has quickly become prominent in public debate in countries like the Netherlands and the UK, where up until a decade ago it was merely an academic concept. Three different social trends can be distinguished in this rise of citizenship in the public debate. Citizens struggle with excessive individualism when they ask themselves: ‘Whom do I help and who helps me?’ Citizens try to relate to globalization processes when they ask themselves: ‘Who belongs here? Do I belong here?’ And third, citizens struggle with de-legitimation when they ask themselves: ‘Whom do I believe and trust, and who believes and trusts me?’

Keywords

Public Debate Civil Society Organization Citizenship Education Immigrant Background Governmental Response 
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Copyright information

© Menno Hurenkamp, Evelien Tonkens and Jan Willem Duyvendak 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Menno Hurenkamp
    • 1
  • Evelien Tonkens
    • 1
  • Jan Willem Duyvendak
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Amsterdamthe Netherlands

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