London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Young people and citizenship in the European union

Author(s) Dave Edye  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
In the heyday of the nation state which some authors, like Giddens (1991), argue is now coming to an end in the 'late modern age', citizens accepted or were given a secure and usually exclusive identity. This identity imposed on them an allegiance which could be mobilised in times of conflict to recruit or coerce them as defenders of the mother/father land. A challenge to this secure identity has arisen with the relative decline of the nation state, the impact of globalisation via migration and diaspora, and the growth of some kind of supranational 'state' in the European Union (EU). The further impact of the loss of a secure national identity has impacted on feelings of belonging and on notions of citizenship. This link between national identity and citizenship has been recognised by many writers

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