Explaining Citizenship, Identity and Participation: The Case of Cyprus


There are a number of debates on citizenship, particularly in Europe, where the need for active participation is highlighted as a means of expressing what is to be a citizen.

But what do normative ideas of what citizenship is translate into everyday actions?

Can we really speak of one notion of citizenship?

How far does one identity – or even multiple identities – condition their understanding of citizenship and affect their actions within a society?

In what ways do changing demographics, with the constant mixing of cultures and ethnicities, affect citizenship in the present day?

These are some of the issues we address in this edition of the Resources for Democracy podcast. First, we speak to Dr George Iordanou, who PhD in Political Theory focused on alternative notions of citizenship.

Supplementary Resources

On the Borders of Europe: Citizenship Education and Identity in Cyprus

World Heritage as a Model for Citizenship: the case of Cyprus