The Citizen in the 21st Century

This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

In the nineteen essays of this collection, the 21st century citizen is introduced, deconstructed, probed and admired among the messy realities of the contemporary world. As an inter-disciplinary project, the collection draws on expertise from across Europe, North America and Australasia to offer new insights into such diverse existences as the environmental citizen, the young citizen, the multiple citizen, the non-citizen, and the global citizen. It unflinchingly spotlights the failures of our contemporary societies to resolve the endless, universal problems of conflict, poverty and oppression. It also opens windows of hope onto a range of new understandings and innovative approaches to the challenges we face, from the mass movements of refugees to the digitalisation of social contact. This material can be read as a whole, as a conceptual collection, or it can be dipped in to and out of between work and leisure. Whether it is read as research or pastime, this volume will challenge and confront, comfort and renew, the many ways of thinking about citizenship in the 21st century.

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" James Arvanitakis is Professor and Head of The Academy at the University of Western Sydney and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Teacher of the Year award. His books, The Cultural Commons of Hope, and Contemporary Society, set out the philosophies and values he brings to his teaching, research and publications. Ingrid Matthews is a research officer in cultural studies and lecturer in law at the University of Western Sydney. She is a student at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. "