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Citizenhood: Proof Against The Century

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The twentieth century has seen two periods during which old citizen &t;citadins&t; in french, or &t;citadinite&t; for citizenhood societies have been the centre of scholarly interest. For historical and cultural reasons, and for reasons of territorial configuration and political structure with regard to urban powers, citizenhood poses complex problems: does it have the same meaning everywhere, in all cities and at all periods of their evolution? There are, here, risks of anachronism, of inadequate comparison, and of the obscuring of the specific in the interests of global character. This paper tries to answer these questions by showing the long evolution of the concept and the magnitude of its polysemy. Its aim was to understand the &t;psychology&t; of citizens through investigation of their social categories and their professions, of their powerful men and their notables, with a view to acquiring &t;the sense of the indigenous.&t;.

Keywords: citizenhood; polysemy; social categories; twentieth century; urban



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