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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://doi.org/10.1080/13621020903011237|
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The modern conception of citizenship contains often unacknowledged key background assumptions - about the role of rights in citizenship, about the citizen modelled on a liberal autonomous and rational individual, and about the equality of citizens within a democratic state. Spinoza's political works give us a useful perspective on the historicity of these assumptions. Whereas the modern conception is abstract, universalist, and depoliticised, Spinoza's sense of the citizen's belonging is adamantly specific, particularist, and political, and offers a way forward for rethinking citizenship. The key concepts of freedom and republicanism are analysed, and a political reading is developed of Spinoza's view of citizenship in terms of a way of conducting politics.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Taylor & Francis|
|Keywords:||citizenship; politics; subjectivity; social construction; practice;|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)|
|Depositing User:||Raia Prokhovnik|
|Date Deposited:||10 Nov 2009 09:13|
|Last Modified:||28 Feb 2016 12:48|
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