Edited by Hein-Anton van der Heijden
It is a sign of our times that it seems clichéd to state that minorities have increasingly ‘challenged’ the rights and status conferred upon them by various programmes of democratic citizenship. In this chapter we elaborate why this is so and how multicultural political theory and social movements literature can be brought together to provide an account that helps us to understand this. There is, of course, already a very deep and expansive body of literature on the idea and practice of citizenship, something that reflects an incredible variety in its philosophical, legal, social and political relevance. Our objective in this chapter is to discuss how citizenship has been framed and challenged, and the ways in which this relates to prevailing liberal and multicultural philosophies, as well as broader political struggles and social activism. Having established this we conclude with a consideration of how multicultural and social movement literature can be synthesized in the theorization of contemporary citizenship, and what the limitations are in doing so.
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