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Multiple Political Memberships, Overlapping National Identities, and the Dimensions of Citizenship

Joseph H. Carens

in Culture, Citizenship, and Community

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297680
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297688.003.0007
Multiple Political Memberships, Overlapping National Identities, and the Dimensions of Citizenship

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Criticizes the conventional unitary understanding of the relationship between citizenship and the state by showing how poorly this model fits with contemporary political practices in Canada and elsewhere. Instead of unique, exclusive, compartmentalized forms of political membership, we find multiple memberships and overlapping identities along three dimensions of citizenship: the legal, the psychological and the political. The chapter argues that these ways of recognizing collective identity are generally morally permissible and sometimes even morally required under a conception of justice as evenhandedness.

Keywords: Canada; citizenship; identity; justice; membership; political practice

Chapter.  7637 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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