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second-class citizen

One who is deemed less important than others within a society. The waitress was so rude to me that I started feeling like a second-class citizen. We live in this neighborhood, too, and we should be allowed to voice our opinions, instead of being ignored like second-class citizens!
See also: citizen

citizen of the world

One who feels comfortable in any country. Her many travels have caused her to become a citizen of the world.
See also: citizen, of, world

second class

1. (Describing) travel seating and accommodation that is considered slightly inferior to the highest level (first class). Hyphenated if used before a noun. I always fly second class because it saves a huge amount of money. Even though I booked for first class, they only had second-class seats available.
2. Deemed to be less important or deserving of fair treatment than others. inferior to the highest level (first class). Hyphenated if used before a noun. We live in this neighborhood, too, and we should be allowed to voice our opinions, instead of being treated like second-class citizens! Voters from the region are urging leaders not to treat them like they are second class any longer.
See also: class, second

second class

1. Inferior; see second best.
2. Travel accommodations ranking below the highest or first class, as in Traveling second class on European trains is not only cheaper but gives you more contact with local people . [c. 1840]
3. In the United States and Canada, a category of mail consisting of periodicals and newspapers. [c. 1870]
4. second-class citizen. An individual regarded or treated as inferior to others in status or rights, an underprivileged person. For example, In many countries women still are considered second-class citizens. This term uses second class in the sense of "inferior." [c. 1940]
See also: class, second

citizen of the world

a person who is at home in any country.
See also: citizen, of, world

Joe Citizen

(ˈdʒo ˈsɪtəsnæ)
n. a general term for a male representative of the public. Joe Citizen hasn’t spoken yet! Watch the results of the election.
See also: citizen, joe
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Through such citizenly activity, Tocqueville believed, Americans expressed and sustained their civil freedom, accomplished an enormouse range of tasks, and, most important, developed fully as rooted, connected human beings.
Second, we must seek to restore the intellectual and cultural legitimacy of citizenly common sense as a way of understanding and solving problems.
They rested their ideas of their new nations on the very edges of the paradox that modern nations were intended to be somehow open, universal, modern and emancipatory by virtue of their special commitment to citizenly virtue but that their nations were nonetheless, in some essential way, different from and even better than other nations.
When Dahl asserts that, if modern democracy were to achieve the form of representative government, "the theory and practice of democracy had to burst the narrow bounds of the polis" (Dahl 1989, 23), the implications are not just about scale and complexity but about reducing the reach of citizenly action and the stature of the citizen.
In fact, the idea of reinvigorating public life with suitable doses of citizenly devotion has proved so compelling to theorists in recent years that we can identify a range of politics of virtue on offer today, each with its own problems and possibilities.
Thus, communitarians and other participants in the republican revival tend to identify as civic virtues those qualities that would make private individuals more citizenly, involving them more actively in a democratic polity.
There was no longer any question of citizenly harmony, no cohesive sense of reverence for the Revolution or the founders.
But, he added, the sheer volume of scrap used (iron foundries in the first two months of this year processed over two million tons of scrap) combined with an environmentally aware citizenly and several instances of radioactive metals accidentally used in production operations have focused attention on the problem.
In what ways do smart-city proposals for urban development articulate and enact distinctly environmental modes of governance, and what are the spatial, material, and citizenly contours of these modes of governance?
In part one, 'The British State of Home-Economics', we examine this austerity aesthetic as it came to the fore during the 'Great British Summer' of 2012, tracking the tensions evident in spectacles of citizenly consumption and competition-orientated inclusion that characterised the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the London's Olympic Games and surrounding televisual events.
Citizenly 'subject positions' are temporary respites in ongoing confrontations over the meaning of citizenship and the virtues each subject position mobilises are provisional.
He directs us to consider how feminists see progressive potential in the concept of citizenship by problematising the discriminative assumptions that privilege the public and subordinate the private, suggesting that the 'citizenly ties that bind' are present in both private and public spheres (Prokhovnik 1998).
That call is distinctly a citizenly call, and never more so than when, as Father Mapple's wonderful sermon in Moby-Dick has it, the citizen stands firm "against the proud gods and commodores of this earth" and calls every violation of the covenant to account "though he pluck it out from under the robes of Senators and Judges."
What is needed is a word to convey citizenly pride when one's country behaves virtuously.