Post-Civics: The Citizen in the 21st Century

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Post-Civics: The Citizen in the 21st Century

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Post-Civics: The Citizen in the 21st Century engages with modern citizens in all of their complicated glory, examines what citizenship means to those living at the margins of society, and contemplates the role and character of the citizen in the 21st century.

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Following in the footsteps of late 20th century citizenship, which was characterized by disengagement and fragmentation, citizenship in the 21st century often seems positively schizophrenic. The modern citizen is beset by economic and environmental crises, globalisation, the challenges of reconciling lives lived in physical and digital spaces and, in many cases, a conspicuous lack of political agency. This volume engages with modern citizens in all of their mercurial, ambivalent, and complicated glory as well as examining what citizenship means to those living at the margins of society. As an interdisciplinary project, it challenges traditional models of citizenship, presents case studies, examines citizenship vis-à-vis gender, ethnicity, and disability, and contemplates the role and character of the citizen in the 21st century. In doing so, it opens the door to new interpretations of citizenship which seek to include the culturally, as well as politically disenfranchised, and which are adaptable to the diverse, multifaceted nature of life in the modern era.

Introduction: The State of Citizenship
Daniel Morse

Part I Engaging Citizens

Democratic Deficit, Citizen Engagement and Localism Policies in England
David M. Smith

Women and Citizenship: The Local Councils in Palestine – A Case Study
Ibrahim Natil

Citizenship, Cultural Rights and Learning Difficulty
Victoria Byrne

Part II Reshaping Spaces

Custodians of the Social: How Social Movements Reshape Thought and the Everyday
Sandra A. Fernandez

The Inner Citizen in the Age of Social Media
Maria Androulaki

Part III Thinking Globally

Global Citizenship in a Multicultural Environment
Mansouri Abdelhak

In Absentia: Transnational Identity and Citizenship in the 21st Century
Daniel Morse

The Good Citizen: Models of Citizenship for the 21st Century
Ingrid Matthews and James Arvanitakis

Daniel Morse received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is currently Visiting Professor of English Literature at China Agricultural University’s International College Beijing. His research interests include the political and semiotic aspects of identity construction in texts written by transatlantic immigrants, minorities, and multilingual authors.