Please click for more information about shipping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House of Anansi Press


The Paradox of Citizenship The CBC Massey Lectures

Written by Adrienne Clarkson

Published September 19, 2014 | ISBN 9781770898370

Cover of Belonging

Regular price $19.95 CAD

240 pages | 8 in × 5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


The Paradox of Citizenship

The CBC Massey Lectures

Adrienne Clarkson

Never has the world experienced greater movement of peoples from one country to another, from one continent to another. These seismic shifts in population have brought about huge challenges for all societies. In this year’s Massey Lectures, Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General and bestselling author Adrienne Clarkson argues that a sense of belonging is a necessary mediation between an individual and a society. She masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages: from the genesis of the idea of the citizen in ancient Greece, to the medieval structures of guilds and class; from the revolutionary period which gave birth to the modern nation-state, to present-day citizenship based on shared values, consensus, and pluralism. Clarkson places particular emphasis on the Canadian model, which promotes immigration, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law, and the First Nations circle, which embodies notions of expansion and equality. She concludes by looking forward, using the Bhutanese example of Gross National Happiness to determine how we measure up today and how far we have to go to bring into being the citizen, and the society, of tomorrow.

About the Author

Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson became Canada’s 26th governor general in 1999 and served until September 2005. She is a bestselling author, accomplished broadcaster, and distinguished public servant. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, she lives in Toronto.