What does it mean to be a citizen in a world of fractured identities and crumbling nationalism-when people are withdrawing into consumerism, cultural separatism, and self-regarding isolation? Citizenship meets one of our deepest needs, the need to belong; it also makes concrete the ethical commitments of care and respect. Political and cultural theorist Mark Kingwell traces the history of the idea of citizenship, and argues for a new model for the next century. In the style of Michael Ignatieff's The Needs of Strangers, he takes a long look at what citizenship has meant in the past and what it means today.
Mark Kingwell is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and an award winning political and cultural theorist. A prolific journalist, he writes regularly for such publications as Utne Reader, New York Times Magazine, and Harper's. Kingwell has published five books including Better Living: In Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Prozac, Marginalia: A Cultural Reader, and the Canadian bestseller Canada: Our Century.
Part 1 The World We Have Part 2 Rights and Duties Chapter 3 The Perfect Citizen Chapter 4 The Evil of Banality Chapter 5 Hope's Imagination Part 6 Virtues and Vices Chapter 7 A Friendship Chapter 8 Challenges to Virtue Chapter 9 The Pact of Civility Part 10 Spaces and Dreams Chapter 11 In the Arcades Chapter 12 Postcultural Identities Chapter 13 Places to Dream Part 14 The World We Want