Understanding the Concept of Citizenship

2113 Words Jan 29th, 2018 9 Pages
Although throughout history citizenship has preserved a sturdy ethical link to justice, liberty and democracy. This debate is formed around the ideas of what a person bearing should be in society. Aristotle describes the citizen as ‘One who has a share in both the ruling and being ruled’ this idea of having input into the running of the state can seen impossible and unimaginable due to citizenship status or government in which the state relays power into. Citizenship defined in a political viewpoint is said to be a series of rights and responsibilities that involve an individual as a member of a political community. This includes, social, economic, civic and political duties and rights. As a member of the state all people have the right to be a citizen, with being a citizen comes these rights and liberties. But this is part of the problem, people who are not legally seen, as citizens are not recognized by the state there placement, treatment and rights become blurred. When defining citizenship we also need to look at other surrounding areas that contribute to the ideal itself such as assimilation, nationality, cultural identity, social integration and the other side of the spectrum, stateless citizenship. Does citizenship provide cultural identity, nationality or just a legal standpoint in which you can physically and legally belong to a country…
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