Belonging

Belonging

September 19, 2014 | 272 pages

Never has the world experienced greater movement of peoples from one country to another, from one continent to another. These seismic shifts in population have brought about huge challenges for all societies. Do these changes in population present the possibility of a new model for the structures of society? Does the Canadian model, which emphasizes values, immigration, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law, make a fitting model for countries who still define themselves by religious difference or racial integrity. Can belonging encompass difference, dependence, and dislike, while upholding fundamental human rights. These timely and controversial subjects are at the very essence of former Governor General and bestselling author Adrienne Clarkson's 2014 Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship. Clarkson masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages: from the genesis of the idea of citizenship in pre-history, to Aristotle and the Greeks, to the medieval structures of guilds and class; from the warring factions of the French revolution, to Icelandic law-making tradition, and present-day modern citizenship based on values, consensus, and pluralism. She concludes by looking forward, vividly imagining what will happen if we don't live up to our ideals of democracy, identity, and belonging.

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ISBN: 9781770898370
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