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By Michael S. Greve, Michael Zoller

Conventional notions of citizenship are associated with the assumption of the democratic countryside, a sovereign entity in a position to protecting itself opposed to overseas and family enemies. yet those notions became more and more tricky because the very inspiration of the countryside is challenged, not just by way of ethnic and non secular conflicts, but additionally by way of elevated worldwide mobility and the political integration of geographical regions into overseas organizations-most prominently, the eu Union. Will the concept that of citizenship as we all know it live to tell the tale the decline of the geographical region? during this quantity, students from either side of the Atlantic think about how innovations of citizenship impact debates over immigration and assimilation, tolerance and minority rights, and nationwide team spirit and civic tradition. The authors discover the concept of 'constitutional patriotism,' which seeks to set up ideas of citizenship in a center flooring among cosmopolitanism and nationalism; the theoretical and functional questions of citizenship, together with the complexities surrounding the felony prestige of citizenship within the ecu Union and the us; the demanding situations of creating ecu citizenship 'complementary' with nationwide citizenship; and the problem of competing allegiances to domestic states and the eu Union. ultimately, the authors research the centrality of rights, and the demanding situations of conflicting rights claims, in modern conceptions of citizenship. To what extent_if at all_should electorate' rights and tasks swap because the countryside itself adjustments? In a globalizing, post-9/11 global, it truly is extra vital than ever to appreciate the way forward for citizenship and the countryside. In essays that diversity from the pragmatic to the theoretical, from the old to the private, Citizenship in the United States and Europe sheds mild on those the most important concerns.

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The Volk? No way, not after the orgy of racist nationalism unleashed by the Nazis. Place—the German lands, on which so much of the idea of Deutschland was grounded? West Germany was but a sliver of the original Reich. Gone was practically half the former country—absorbed by the Soviets, by the Poles, and by Bonn’s Communist counterstate, the German Democratic Republic. History? That, too, was hardly a source of pride from the vantage point of a postwar West German. Which history was there to celebrate?

An endless debate in the West, including the United States, revolves around the extent to which immigrants should be forced to accept the cultural mores, even the language, of their new homelands. ” Hence, the epithet “Eurocentrism,” a term that evokes a long and murderous history of colonization, racism, and oppression. Finally, the postmodern or postnational state tends to emphasize rights and entitlements over obligations and sacrifice. Political rhetoric is now dominated by the language of disbursement—to groups and individuals (subsidies, tax credits, and entitlements enforceable in court).

The filmmakers? Gone to Hollywood. There were too many broken strands of too many hues in the tangled web of German culture to serve as a firm foundation for a new national identity. It was arguably preordained, then, that somebody like Sternberger, and later Jürgen Habermas, who borrowed from Sternberger, would bestride the stage. They came with a precious gift in hand: a patriotism, or collective identity, unsullied by all the ingredients of nationhood and nationalism that defined national identity and pride in other countries but had become tainted, if not radioactive, in the German case.

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