Citizenship and Social Class

TitleCitizenship and Social Class
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMarshall, Thomas H.
EditorManza, Jeff, and Michael Sauder
Book TitleInequality and Society: Social Science Perspectives on Social Stratification
Pagination148 - 154
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
CityNew York

Marshall's concept defines the social responsibilities the state has to its citizens or, as Marshall puts it, “from [granting] the right to a modicum of economic welfare and security to the right to share to the full in the social heritage and to live the life of a civilized being according to the standards prevailing in the society”. One of the key points made by Marshall is his belief in an evolution of rights in England acquired via citizenship, from “civil rights in the eighteenth [century], political in the nineteenth, and social in the twentieth”. Marshall concludes his essay with three major factors for the evolution of social rights and for their further evolution: The lessening of the income gap; “The great extension of the area of common culture and common experience”;  An enlargement of citizenship and more rights granted to these citizens. [Wikipedia]

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