(Un)Sustainability of the Universal Citizenship Concept: Multicultural Perspective Cover Image

(Ne)održivost koncepta univerzalnog statusa građanstva: perspektiva multikulturalizma
(Un)Sustainability of the Universal Citizenship Concept: Multicultural Perspective

Author(s): Ivana Vuleta
Subject(s): Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: universal citizenship; theories of citizenship; modern national states; multi culturalism; minority rights; ethno-cultural rights

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with the concept of the universal citizenship created in the context of the 18th century Civil Revolutions in america and France. Civil Revolutions defined the frameworks of a modern national state, with the universal status of citizenship as a main instrument of the unification of ci tizens. The problem that this paper puts into the center of research is the resistance of the universal status of citizenship to change, according to the changed circumstances of today. The concept of the universal citizenship firmly adheres to the content of the time in which it was created, and multi culturalism is one of the perspectives that make that content unsustainable. Multiculturalism requires that the concept of the universal citizenship in clude identities that are, as a rule, reserved for the sphere of privacy. The aim of this paper is to clarify what happens when we take some concepts, such as the universal citizenship status, for real, without thinking about the con sequences to which such interpretations can lead us. From the standpoint of the multicultural demands, modern national states very often behave like national hegemons just to save the universal citizenship by adopting ”omni potent powerless” syndrome in response to multicultural demands.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 20
  • Page Range: 47-63
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian