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Citizenship and Modernity

Armin Nassehi

This chapter will not attempt to present a solution for the problem of how to handle the instrument of citizenship. It will not even make a proposal for a better model of citizenship, one which could ably cope with a new gobalised social order. The purpose of this chapter is much more modest. I only want to reflect on the sociological frame of reference of citizenship, on its function and its structural problems in contemporary modern society.

Even if the idea of citizenship at first glance is linked to national, i.e., particular contexts, the concept expresses both a global and a universal phenomenon. Citizenship provides a global, world-wide form of inclusion in world-society with a really universal ...

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