Opinion: The 21st century citizen
The idea of citizenship in America is under pressure from many sides. Immigration has created a large population of residents outside the boundaries of citizenship, cultural blending has produced many Americans with loyalties to other nations, and corporations have come to enjoy some of the privileges once reserved for individual citizens. Those and other aspects of the changing nature of citizenship are the subjects of The 21st Century Citizen, a project that originates in a series of editorials by The Times editorial board and broadens here to include contributions by other writers and thinkers on the questions they raise.
We also put this core question — What does it mean to be a citizen? — to a range of Southern Californians. Here is a series of video interviews chronicling their views and personal stories.
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