Cultural Citizenship (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies) by Nick Stevenson

By Nick Stevenson

“impressive in its assurance of up to date and classical social and political theories of citizenship. Stevenson’s summaries are instructive and thorough, and his interpretations perspicacious and relevant.” Southern overview *Why has 'culture' turn into important to political debates?*How may possibly we reconsider questions of citizenship in a data age?*Will cosmopolitanism turn into the foremost perfect of the future?This readable and available consultant hyperlinks questions of identification, individualization, multiculturalism, and mediation to a politics of tradition. This booklet attracts from debates in political concept, cultural reviews and sociology, and makes a speciality of concerns equivalent to: The reshaping of citizenship via globalization New social movementsThe decline of the kingdom- stateThe effect of renowned cultureStevenson argues that questions of cosmopolitanism are more and more prone to emerge inside those contexts. no matter if we're discussing the destruction of our surroundings, problems with cultural coverage, town or shopper tradition those questions can all be associated with cosmopolitan dimensions. problems with rights, responsibilities and cultural appreciate at the moment are all important to the way we conceive our universal global. This unique e-book asks us to reconsider the categories of politics and personhood which are compatible for a data age.

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These points are usually addressed through discussion of the need to develop an inclusive civil society. Cultural inclusion, taking our lead from Marshall and Williams, should be concerned with both having access to certain rights and the opportunity to have your voice heard, in the knowledge that you will be given the ear of the community. Cultural citizenship concerns the development of a communications-based society. Cohen and Arato (1992) argue that democracy is maintained through formal institutions and procedures, and through the maintenance of civil society.

Hence, just as societies have no determining centre, the same can be said of cultures. In these terms, culture operates in what Ulf Hannerz has called the ‘global ecumene’. By this he means that cultures move in a diversity of networks that have developed a variety of linkages. Hannerz (2000: 62) writes: There are more ethnic diasporas than ever before, dispersed kinship groups, multinational business corporations and transnational occupational communities, as well as movements, youth cultures, and other expressive lifestyles with a self-consciously border-crossing orientation: not to speak of media, from the International Herald Tribune to CNN and whatever is on the Internet.

For example, Jeffrey Alexander (1992) argues that civil society is not merely an institutional realm, but is constructed through symbolic codes of inclusion and exclusion. Notions of ‘civility’ depend upon definitions of incivility. All citizens make judgements about who is deserving of exclusion from the public right to speak or indeed who is worth hearing. It has been the strength of cultural studies and post-structuralism that they have been able to highlight the ways in which civil society becomes coded through a multiplicity of often antagonistic discourses (Mouffe 1993).

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