Youth citizenship: An intersectional analysis

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Given the nature of citizenship, and its historical, social and political contentions, there remains a lack of consensus on what constitutes citizenship.

The legal definition of citizenship defines the term as the position or status of being a citizen of a particular country, with elements such as a passport, or a national identity.

However, citizenship can also be conceptualized as a process that gives ways to relations of power and inequality within a given society that is “contingent upon the subordination of specific bonds of gender, race, class,” and plays an important role in shaping the experience of the individual citizen [1]. 

Citizenship is the individual’s relationship with the wider society; it claims who belongs where, who has obligations, who benefits from rights, and who is entitled to services [3].

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