Peter Kivisto perceives culture as a fundamental individual and group right which should be protected by promoting cultural diversity such as religion and ethnicity. He acknowledges that multicultural diversity in different countries – such as Canada, Australia, and Finland – could be diffused by economic programs which interferes with the normal way of life in an affected community. Moreover, Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist (2009) acknowledge that citizenship provides a discussion border which separates a cultural society and a civil community. These individuals note that the sensitization of citizenship at the political level could diffuse different cultural aspects of a given ethnicity or religion.
Culture has a direct impact on citizenship which affects the modern administration of political leadership as seen in different governments. The ethnic nature of a multicultural society promotes conflicts of different nature due to numerous disagreements that trace their sources within different cultural traditions and beliefs (Kivisto & Faist, 2009). For instance, Muslims would differ with authorities on a public date – scheduled on a Friday – when it comes to effective participation from all major religions which include Islam. Similarly, citizenship has a direct impact on culture as the former diffuses the cultural strength and unity of a given community. For instance, citizenship determines the access level of public resources as some communities are considered culturally inferior to others in a multicultural society. As a public administrator, implementation of public projects should strive to enhance the cultural setup of identified communities other than transforming the same into an ideology that distorts the element of cultural diversity in a given community.
Culture and citizenship are fundamental elements of a democratic country that strives to protect its cultural diversity, and at the same time, ensure political and economic progress. However, culture should not be perceived as a barrier towards the growth of nationalism and globalization as evidenced in most multicultural societies. Moreover, the establishment of international borders should be revised to ensure that the entire process incorporates and integrates cultural perspectives of the involved communities as a means of protecting the democratic right to cultural diversity.
Kivisto, P., & Faist, T. (2009). Citizenship: Discourse, theory, and transnational prospects. John Wiley & Son