Citizenship In Modern Britain by Trevor Desmoyers-Davis by Trevor Desmoyers-Davis

By Trevor Desmoyers-Davis

Citizenship is a brand new topic, combining a tutorial and a realistic method of the individual’s position in the neighborhood. the purpose of citizenship is to inspire either a better understanding of, and a extra lively participation in, social and political concerns, at neighborhood, nationwide and overseas degrees. this article is predicated at the present AQA AS Social Sciences: Citizenship’s specification, yet can be utilized because the foundation for examine of the topic at numerous degrees. The method followed is a mix of educational fabric, offering a valid foundation for learn of the theories and constructions with which scholars could be commonly used, supported and built by means of a chain of sensible routines, tasks and exam variety questions. those were designed not to simply boost the scholars’ wisdom and realizing of the topic, yet also will offer academics with assistance as to how key abilities will be approached via this subject. the subject material has been divided into 3 sections, every one of which corresponds to 1 of the AQA AS point Modules. for college students who're no longer following this actual specification, each one person part will offer an creation to their position in the country, the political procedure and the way society operates. every one also will provide a chance to advance talents in powerful verbal exchange, challenge fixing and dealing with others. if you happen to don't cross directly to sit down an exam at AS point, different matters that experience shut hyperlinks with this topic are legislations, govt and Politics and Sociology.

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Adapted from ‘Boyson condemns “evil” single parents’, David Hencke, The Guardian, 10 October 1988 Increasing divisions between citizens The effects of these changes that have been outlined for citizens were very uneven. The free market economy did create considerable wealth. However, much of this wealth was not invested but was paid in the form of bonuses, dividends or large salaries for a minority of ‘fat cat’ executives. Undoubtedly for some citizens, this was a time of unprecedented wealth creation.

For example, how high somebody will be elevated on a seesaw is dependent upon the weight of the person sitting on the other end. The relationship on the seesaw is based upon the necessity of having two people. The role of the state and the concept of citizenship are equally shaped by each other. If there is a change in one of the sets of views or assumptions, this will result in corresponding changes in the other side of the relationship. A vacuum cannot exist. Consequently, as changes were made to decrease the role of the state, there needed to be changes to increase the importance of alternatives to compensate for the decline in the state’s role.

She argues that, for any group to achieve effective citizenship, it must entail having the ‘rights necessary to be able to participate as a social and political agent’. Historically, women have been excluded from formal citizenship. It was men who were active in the public arena. However, men were only able to be active in the public arena because women were active in the private, domestic arena. To adapt the old adage, ‘behind every good man stands a good or even better woman’. A historical justification for this division was the gendering of the human emotions with impartiality, rationality and independence being regarded as male qualities, whilst caring and domesticity were regarded as female qualities.

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