The Duk-Duks: Primitive and Historic Types of Citizenship

The Duk-Duks: Primitive and Historic Types of Citizenship

The Duk-Duks: Primitive and Historic Types of Citizenship

The Duk-Duks: Primitive and Historic Types of Citizenship

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The process of inducting into citizenship is that of molding young people or aliens to native adult standards of conformity to the citizenship ideal of the community. The molding processes may proceed through gradual transitions as the neophyte almost imperceptibly acquires the myths, ceremonies, purposes, and deportment appropriate to the mature. Or there may be a sharp transition between the pre-adult status and the status of one qualified to enjoy the rights and assume the obligations of an active participant in communal polity.

Where the transitions are accentuated, the youth undergoes an intensive period of learning and testing, and he knows that the future esteem of his fellows largely depends upon his successful completion of the required tasks. The procedures which are adopted by the community under these circumstances are what is meant by the term initiation.

The Western European states make practically no use of the initiation as a method of inducting their youth into political manhood. Naturalization tests and ceremonies which are designed to include or exclude alien adults are practically the only exceptions. There is much initiating into private associations, and examinations are set up by the state itself to select those competent to perform special tasks. But an initiation embracing all who aspire to assume an active rôle in the state is missing.

The legitimate curiosity of the systematic student of government is aroused by any possibly significant difference in the political practices of various civilizations.

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