Citizenship, Diversity, and Pluralism: Canadian and by Alan C. Cairns;John C. Courtney;Peter MacKinnon;Hans J.

By Alan C. Cairns;John C. Courtney;Peter MacKinnon;Hans J. Michelmann;David E. Smith

Citizenship has either a vertical and a horizontal size. The vertical hyperlinks participants to the nation via reinforcing the concept that it's "their" country - that they're complete individuals of an ongoing organization that's anticipated to outlive the passing generations. as a result their relation to the kingdom isn't narrowly instrumental yet is supported by means of a reservoir of loyalty and patriotism that offers legitimacy to the nation. The horizontal dating is the optimistic id with fellow voters as valued participants of an analogous civic group. the following citizenship reinforces empathy and sustains team spirit via its legitimate endorsement of who counts as "one of us". Citizenship, as a result, is a linking mechanism that during its so much excellent expression binds the citizenry to the nation and to one another. In "Citizenship, range and Pluralism" prime students examine the transformation of those dimensions of citizenship in more and more diversified and plural sleek societies, either in Canada and the world over. matters addressed contain the altering ethnic demography of states, social citizenship, multiculturalism, feminist views on citizenship, aboriginal nationalism, identification politics, and the internationalization of human rights.

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37 In the sixties, Canadian immigration policy moved decisively toward universalistic criteria. 39 In 1996, the top seven source countries for immigration to Canada were Asian. 40 A global politics of empire and subject peoples, complemented by a generalized hierarchical view of the world's peoples, supported racially restrictive immigration policies in a way that the post-imperial contemporary international state system does not. Laws to exclude Asians were repealed in Australia, Canada, and the United States in response to the new international morality.

These, however, were preceded by apartheid and by the marginalization of indigenous peoples, both of which reflected dominant trends in the global culture of earlier eras which was supportive of imperialism. We cannot escape this intellectual and cultural barrage on how we view each other. No one looking at the sorry twentieth century record of brutality and incivility can assume that we will run out of materials for judging each other in the international sphere, nor that such judgments will have no effect on how we view each other in our heterogeneous societies at home.

What we can do, however, and have increasingly done since the Second World War, is to increase the flow of international messages supportive of human rights. " In doing so, one of our tasks is to counter pejorative views of the "other" that are products of history, of surviving "racial" stereotypes, or of contemporary judgments, fair or unfair, of the foreign kinfolk of those who have settled in our midst. "59 In her brilliant recent volume, Limits of Citizenship, she reports a remarkable development in the Western European state system: the incorporation into state policies of what she labels the norms of universal personhood.

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