This book examines issues of citizenship, citizenship education, and social change in China, exploring the complexity of interactions among global forces, the nation-state, local governments, schools, and individuals - including students - in selecting and identifying with elements of citizenship and citizenship education in a multileveled polity. It also provides a clear, detailed guide to studies on China, discussing the country's responses to global challenges and social transitions for over a century - from its military defeats by foreign powers in the 1840s to its rise as a world power in the early 21st century - on its path toward reviving the nation and making a modern Chinese citizenry. Citizenship and Citizenship Education in a Global Age is accessible to readers in the fields of sociology, globalization, citizenship studies, comparative education, and China's development.
This unique collection of original works examines the relationship between citizen and state. Nine insightful contributions range from a transnational analysis of the corrosive influence of wealth elites on the functioning of the state, to models of state and citizen governance, to contrasting philosophies of citizenship.
Citizenship is a core concept for the Social Sciences. It has frequently been debated, interpreted and challenged in different political arenas. Shaping Citizenship explores how the concept of citizenship is debated and contested, defined and re-defined, used and constructed by different agents, at different times, and with regard to both theory and practice. Divided into three parts, experts begin by examining the various ways citizenship is theorized. In the next section, they consider different discussions and political struggles over the concept of citizenship in different arenas. Applying an interdisciplinary approach surrounding questions of construction, conflict and exchange of the concept of citizenship help transcend narrow and simplified views on citizenship. The third and final part, discusses cases related to the internationalization, sub- and transnationalization as well as the Europeanisation of citizenship. An indispensable read to scholars and students, Shaping Citizenship opens up new ways to study the conceptual changes, conflicts and debates related to core dimensions of this ever-evolving concept.
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