Global Citizenship Essay

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The concept of citizenship and its boundaries are contested, yet its definition in the plainest form is to be a member of a political community, such as a nation-state and possess legal rights and political duties. As can be seen from its many ideals – namely republican, liberal, bound, cosmopolitan, pluralist or solidarist – citizenship has multiple sources of meaning, be they cultural, religious, ethnic or gender related. These conceptions each have their respective merits and downfalls, which shall be assessed and measured in this essay by the extent to which they permit the best use and protection of the citizen’s rights and duties. Although the arguments of Linklater (1998) and Miller (2000) shall form either side of the examination …show more content…
The first argument put forward by proponents of bounded citizenship is that it ensures the security of the rights and duties of citizens both within the state and from other states. Both Pufendorf (1682) and Vattel (1758) advocated this statist view in their literature, for the reason that this conception transmutes ideals and moral rights into a legal form, which is then guarded by the sovereign state. However, this point comes into contention when the modern influence of globalisation and the resulting economic/ political pressures of fellow states are considered. For example, although the Danish cartoonists who published the controversial images of Muhammad in the newspaper Jyllands- Posten in 2003 were legally allowed to do so, as prescribed in the Danish Constitution (, the outcry from the Muslim world, mainly concentrated in the Middle East, meant that reprints of the article on the first anniversary were banned (Post, 2007). This is not a comment on whether in this particular circumstance the hindrance of the freedom of speech was positive of negative, instead it is more an illustration that a sovereign

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