The Postmodern Liberal Concept of Citizenship

Ivic, Sanja
April 2011
At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries;2011, Vol. 74, p3
Academic Journal
The purpose of this inquiry is to show that the concept of 'citizenship' in modern liberal political thought is fixed and essentialist. This conception of citizenship is derived from Western metaphysics, which establishes homogeneous categories. The modern liberal idea of citizenship is derived from the notions of 'freedom' and 'equality', which are considered as absolute truths, based on the universal concept of reason. These essentialist notions include a number of binary oppositions, such as: we/they, citizen/foreigner, self/other and so forth (where the first term is perceived as dominant because it is considered to be derived from reason) which leaves room for excluding and marginalizing. However, with the development of the information society, new perspectives on citizenship emerge. Citizenship can be viewed as a state of mind and need not be tied to borderlines or residence.


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