How Young People in Northern Ireland Understand European Citizenship: A Sociological Study
By: Kevin O'Brien (author)Hardback
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This book examines the meaning of citizenship and evaluates the salience of 'Citizenship of the Union' amongst a sample of young university students in Northern Ireland. T.H. Marshal is the main citizenship theorist in the UK, but this work argues that an alternative theoretical approach, based on the work of Max Weber, more accurately explains the dynamic nature of citizenship Northern Ireland. This study explores whether the concept of 'Citizen of the Union' espoused by the European Union offers an alternative pathway to an inclusive citizenship (Callen 1997) in Northern Ireland. The evidence indicates that there is an element of acceptance for the notion of 'Citizenship of the Union' and that respondents, while not committed to European citizenship, are nevertheless open to it as an alternative to being either British or Irish citizens. This work will appeal to those concerned with citizenship, conflicted identity and those interested in 'Citizenship of the Union.'
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