Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

The Changing Boundaries of Citizenship: A Review and a Research Agenda

by Jane Jenson, Martin Papillon

The objective of this paper is to identify the various issues and debates currently taking place around the notion of citizenship and to suggest an approach to make sense of the current restructuring of citizenship regimes in Canada and elsewhere.  The authors suggest a definition of citizenship as a dynamic relation between three complimentary dimensions: rights and responsibilities, access and belonging. Four areas in which challenges of the current understanding of citizenship are taking place are then explored.  Finally, the authors consider some areas where further research might be undertaken from the perspective of improving our understanding of these changes and their impact on governance, state-citizen relations, well-being, and democratic practices.

Release Date: 6 Apr 2001
Number of pages: 65
Document number: 2096