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Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship
What does it mean to be political? Every age has based its answer on citizenship, bequeathing us such indelible images as that of the Greek citizen exercising his rights and obligations in the agora, the Roman citizen conducting himself in the forum, medieval citizens receiving their charter before the guildhall. Being Political disrupts these images by approaching citizen ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 16th 2002 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 2002)
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A great exploration of ideas of citizenship and the role of identity within 'the city.' For Isin 'the city' represents something indivisible from politics: Not an arrangement of material structures (buildings) or geographical spaces (municipal boundaries), but operation of on going social interaction that create ever more categories/identities and arranges them in a hierarchy of perceived political validity.
Engin F. Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University. He is also director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities, Governance (CCIG) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He served as Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Division of Social Science at York University, Toronto, C ...moreMore about Engin F. Isin...