By Herman R. Van Gunsteren
Does very important citizenship require ethical consensus? Or is it the power to prepare our transformations, that permits humans to reside jointly as voters in a republic? while liberal, republican, and communitarian theories of citizenship analyzed the stipulations of citizenship, the vital message of this booklet is that the sensible workout of citizenship, below stipulations which are faraway from perfect, is the most resource of its power. rather than arguing for extra participation, it makes a speciality of the citizenship of these who, for no matter what cause, are already energetic within the public sphere. Herman van Gunsteren develops a conception of citizenship compatible to the period of political reform that was once inaugurated via the revolutions of 1989.
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As foliows. We can break through the self-evidence of our experience m d of our perception. We can see things in a different light by using different categories and classifications. By creating these new cmstmctions, we can learn to recognize tryhere our first experience also cclntained interpretation and construction, classification and modeling. Although standard classifications and interpretations are a part of uur eveqday life experience, they are not digatory or unavoida:ble. I experience someone else as a black person or as a geznerali, but the naturainess and compulsiozn of this experience can be umasked as a social construction of reality From these assun-tpticms, it foilows that we are coresponsible for the reproduction of sell-evident memhgs in social interactio~n.
T%ey are shown on television and reported precisely because they arc in most places (thank heaven) exceptional. But tryhat about the many cases where violence could have empted but djd not? How do normal people so oAen manage to maintain peace and relatkely civil mlations? If we can get a view on how they do thiswhat skills, ruses, attitudes, and insights it takes-we might subsequently see which parts of:this practical but. If we mdcrstand &is, we can try to make the many acts of dvility more robust and immune to such interventions.
The COC was said to have attempted to ossifr homosexuality by press~ti,ngit as a &finite choice of identit)i thereby ignoring that homosexual activity may be a transitory experiment and may be accompmied by heterosexuality, In short, the CQC clung to an u~~arrtbiguous and complete homosexual identity that was no longer accepted by other people who preferred homosexuaIity. These people refused to be trapped in a specific homosexual identity, opting instead for a nnore autonomous definition of who asld cvhat they were, Citizenship cmcems this refusal, this right to say "no," to move fn and out oE identities without.
A theory of citizenship: organizing plurality in contemporary democracies by Herman R. Van Gunsteren