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"Concerned with the transmutation of citizenship that follows from changes in which ethnic and subcultural identities are viewed in contemporary liberal democracies... Spinner moves toward his positive or prescriptive conclusions through careful and balanced reading of a broad range of scholarly work in political science, anthropology, and philosophy, as well as in sociology, and with clear and convincing argument."

"This volume does an excellent job of coming to grips with the issue [of classical liberal political theory treating citizens solely as individuals instead of groups into which real populations are divided] in normative terms."