In this study of politics in capitalist society Bryan Turner explores the development of citizenship as a way of demonstrating the effective use of political institutions by the working class and other subordinate groups to promote their interests. Marxist criticisms of reformism are rejected; it is shown that subordinate groups can achieve significant advances in social and economic rights, and that democracy is not a sham but a necessary mechanism for the pursuit of interests.
Introduction: What is the Controversy? 1. The Origins of Citizenship 2. Politics and Reformism 3. Social Struggles 4. Social Movements 5. Individualism and Citizenship 6. Conclusion