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Popular discourse and the ethical deficiency of 'Third Way' conceptions of citizenship

Dean, Hartley (2004) Popular discourse and the ethical deficiency of 'Third Way' conceptions of citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 8 (1). pp. 65-82. ISSN 1362-1025

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1362102042000178391


The article is in three parts. The first explores the connections and commonalities between different empirical investigations relating to popular discourses of citizenship and argues that these are constituted through the complex combination of overlapping discursive moral repertoires. The second part considers the discursive moral repertoires that constitute discourses of citizenship within the politics of the ‘Third Way’ project – as it is espoused in the British context – and argues that while such discourses accommodate notions of civic duty, moral obligation and enforced obedience, they seldom embrace a solidaristic ethic of responsibility. The third part discusses key findings from a more recent study of popular discourses of dependency, responsibility and rights. The findings suggest that what inhibits the translation of popular understandings of human interdependency into wider support for a form of citizenship based on collective responsibility and universal social rights is the hegemonic prevalence of a peculiarly individualistic conception of responsibility that seems to be consistent with Third Way thinking.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Routledge
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:16

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