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Rethinking Europe by Chris Rumford, Gerard Delanty

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5    The new cultural logic of Europeanization

Citizenship, memory, and public discourse

The assumption that citizenship is defined by nationality has been widely questioned over the past two decades. The separation of citizenship from the condition of membership of a specific state has been one of the major themes in recent social and political theory (Delanty, 2000b). New conceptions and practices of citizenship point to something considerably more differentiated and multifaceted than nationality. If, in the most general sense, citizenship entails membership of the political community, it is apparent that many of the legal and cultural assumptions inherited from the previous two centuries are questionable. The very status of membership has ...

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