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GIRALDO-ZULUAGA, Gloria Amparo. Citizenship: Learning a Way of Life. educ.educ. [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.1, pp.76-92. ISSN 0123-1294.

Objective: This study offers a historical overview of the classical and modern models and approaches to citizenship in an effort to clarify its origin, development, deeper meaning and validity. Methodology: Based on a review of the different theoretical approaches to citizenship, its evolution, transformations and implications are traced in comparison to the overriding debates and questions surrounding citizenship in today's context. Findings: The study indicates contemporary citizenship is very different from classical citizenship, not only with respect to entitlements and rights, but also as a manifestation of inequality, social crisis and the emergence of other interests that govern modern societies, especially economic interests. A citizen is a political being, with a social and moral dimension. This suggests the formation of citizenship is not the rote learning of rules (judicial, legal and political), but the actual realization of a way of life and coexistence among human beings in society.

Keywords : Citizenship; democracy; participation; globalization; exclusion.

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