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Citizenship Rights and Inequality

T.K. Oommen

Concept formation and theory construction are based on the empirical reality and/or the shift in value orientations. As the empirical reality evolves and ideological orientation shifts, the erstwhile concepts and theories are reformulated. The concepts of citizenship, social class and rights are no exception to this general trend.

EVOLUTION OF CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS

Citizenship is widely perceived as an instrument of equality in the contemporary world. But this perception is a function of ‘retreat into the present’ to recall the felicitous phrase of Norbett Elias (1989). The importance of the relationship between citizenship and property introduced by John Locke in the seventeenth century is well ...

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