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By Jet Bussemaker

This paintings examines the concept that of citizenship on the subject of social coverage, within the context of the quickly altering ecu welfare states. top lecturers examine concrete alterations in social rights and citizenship roles, and provide theoretical investigations of citizenship and the welfare kingdom. matters mentioned contain: DT citizenship as opposed to place of abode as a foundation for social rights DT the connection among rights and responsibilities DT staff rights and non-workers rights DT exclusion and inclusion within the labour industry and group lifestyles DT the connection among social and political citizenship DT poverty and social exclusion DT new roles for voters as consumers, shoppers and contributors within the welfare nation

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In the following section it will be argued that there are five discourses on citizenship each emphasizing a different definition and meaning of citizenship. However, there are elements within the various discourses which can be utilized to create a meaning of citizenship founded on sincere consensus. Discourses on citizenship The public citizen The discourse of the public citizen combines the concepts of deliberative democracy, thick democracy as outlined by Barber and the democratic culture of Bowles and Gintis (Mullard 1997).

This is the age when we continually see images of starvation, of atrocity on TV screens and we continue to get on with the routines of our daily life. In this sense therefore we are becoming global citizens. We are sharing emotions with the rest of humanity and yet being the global citizen sometimes proves to be too much, we cannot take in all the emotions of the globe, while at the same time feeling powerless and hopeless. The discourses identified in this section posit different challenges to Marshall’s conception of citizenship.

If membership means a shared experience, it means shared environments which deliver health care and education services. This would imply expanding welfare services with a commitment to universal rather than selective public services. Universal access to public health and education ensure that income is not a barrier to entry. Furthermore, with public services directed at meeting individual need, it makes it possible for individuals to be self actualized and fulfil their life projects. Commitment to life projects, choice and autonomy cannot be delivered in a context of income inequality and in a context of gender and race discrimination.

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