The Citizen in the 21st Century

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The Citizen in the 21st Century


Edited by James Arvanitakis and Ingrid Matthews

Year: 2013

Format: eBook


The Citizen in the 21st Century challenges, confronts, comforts and renews the many ways of thinking about citizenship in the 21st century.

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In this volume, the 21st century citizen is introduced, deconstructed, probed and admired among the messy realities of the contemporary world. As an inter-disciplinary project, the collection draws on expertise from across Europe, North America and Australasia to offer new insights into such diverse existences as the environmental citizen, the young citizen, the multiple citizen, the non-citizen, and the global citizen. It unflinchingly spotlights the failures of our contemporary societies to resolve the endless, universal problems of conflict, poverty and oppression. It also opens windows of hope onto a range of new understandings and innovative approaches to the challenges we face, from the mass movements of refugees to the digitalisation of social contact. This material can be read as a whole, as a conceptual collection, or it can be dipped in to and out of between work and leisure. Whether it is read as research or pastime, this volume will challenge and confront, comfort and renew, the many ways of thinking about citizenship in the 21st century.

The Citizen in the 21st Century
James Arvanitakis and Ingrid Matthews

Part 1: Global Citizenship and the Nation State

21st Century Citizen Networks in Complex States: Shall We Dance or Play Tug-of-War?
Eugene G. Kowch

Nomos Beyond the Earth
Josh Entsminger

Israeli Narratives to the Diaspora and the Construction of an Unequal Diasporic Citizenship
Shahar Burla

Arendtian Deliberation on the Decline of Political Public Space: The Case of Postwar Japanese Citizenship
Yaya Mori

Multiple Nationality and the (Ab)Use of Citizenship: Identity Opportunity and Risk
Anna Tsalapatanis

Part 2: Migrant Citizens and Non-Citizens

Migrating Rights
Laurie Berg

Asian Democracy and the Problem of Membership: Rules of Exception and ‘Legitimate’ Discrimination against Migrants in South Korea
Sohoon Lee

Expanding the Citizen in Multicultural Policymaking
Rimi Khan

Universalising Citizenship as Identity? Identity Liberalism and the Paradox of Universalism
Francis Luong

Part 3: Leadership, Membership, Belonging: Young Citizens in the 21st Century

Expanding Citizenship: Expanding Our Understanding
Mitra Gusheh and Anna Powell

Teaching and Learning Citizenship: From the Margins to the Centre
Ingrid Matthews

‘The Kids Are Alright, It’s Just Youth in Trouble’: Re-Thinking Civic Competence through a Presence Model of Youth Citizenship Identity
Jennifer Upchurch

Part 4: Environmental Citizenship

Environment and Citizenship: Rethinking What It Means to Be a Citizen in the 21st Century
Benito Cao

Environmental Citizenship: A Case Study of the Global Young Greens
Alex Surace and Amy Tyler

Practicing an Individual Ethics of Sustainability
Chris Riedy

Part 5: Empowering the 21st Century Citizen

Engagement and Citizenship: Universities in the Contemporary World
James Arvanitakis and Bob Hodge

An Open Source Project for Politics: Visions of Democracy and Citizenship in American Pirate Parties
Martin Fredriksson

A 21st Century Citizen in a Brave New Republic
Spike Boydell

The 21st Century Citizen and Beyond
Ingrid Matthews and James Arvanitakis

James Arvanitakis is Professor and Head of The Academy at the University of Western Sydney and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Teacher of the Year award. His books, The Cultural Commons of Hope, and Contemporary Society, set out the philosophies and values he brings to his teaching, research and publications.

Ingrid Matthews is a research officer in cultural studies and lecturer in law at the University of Western Sydney. She is a student at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.