Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Citizenship is always in dispute – in practice as well as in theory – but conventional perspectives do not address why the concept of citizenship is so contentious. This unique book presents a new perspective on citizenship by treating it as a continuing focus of dispute.The authors dispute the way citizenship is normally conceived and analysed within the social sciences, developing a view of citizenship as always emerging from struggle. This view is advanced through an exploration of the entanglements of politics, culture and power that are both embodied and contested in forms and practices of citizenship.
This compelling view of citizenship emerges from the international and interdisciplinary collaboration of the four authors, drawing on the diverse disputes over citizenship in their countries of origin (Brazil, France, the UK and the US). The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the field of citizenship, no matter what their geographical, political or academic location.
In a classic contribution to understanding citizenship, Verena Stolcke
(1997, 61) argued that:
Of the three constitutive elements of the modern state, a
territory, a government, a people, circumscribing the “people”
proved to be the most controversial issue…. A territory
without a people, a government without a clearly bounded
community to be governed, makes no sense. Hence, bounding
the citizenry, that is determining the conditions for becoming a
member of a state, acquired a logic of its own as a
I’m not lost for I know where I am. But, however, where
I am may be lost. (A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926)
For some people, citizenship is little more than a logo on the
front of a passport or a dropdown box on a form. It is possible
to go through the whole of life without really thinking about
what it means to be ‘British’ or ‘Irish’, let alone what it is to
be a European Union (EU) citizen. Indeed, about 19% of
Northern Ireland’s population have no passport (The Northern
Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, 2012, p 16
This study is based on the premise that information is necessary to exercise the
social rights of citizenship. A lack of information, or ‘information poverty’,
can result in a lack of access to (and denial of) those rights. This chapter
provides the theoretical framework of this book. It argues that citizenship
provides a valuable underlying concept for exploring the questions addressed
here. It questions the nature of citizenship, the rights and responsibilities of
both the state and its citizens, and explores the implications
Central to any discussion of the changing role of the State in relation to
welfare provision is the concept of citizenship, both as a status attributed
to individual members of society and as a social practice involving
participation and governance. Citizenship is a fundamentally contested
concept that has lately re-emerged as a subject of political discourse and
academic inquiry. Prior to the 1992 General Election, Britain’s main
political parties vied with each other to establish different visions of a
This collection focuses on the relationship between social care, community and citizenship, linking them in a way relevant to both policy and practice. It explores key concepts, policies, issues and relationships and draws on contrasting illustrations from England and Scotland. The authors examine the ethics of care exploring the theoretical and moral complexities for both those receiving and those delivering care. The book also incorporates practice-based chapters on anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, community capacity to care, black and minority ethnic care, volunteering, befriending and home care and provides international comparisons and perspectives with chapters from Sweden, Germany and Japan.
This book charts the development of mobility and welfare rights for those citizens exercising their right to move or return home on retirement under the Free Movement of Persons provisions and explores their experiences of international mobility. It is set within the context of ‘Citizenship of the Union’.
Senior citizenship? draws on substantial primary research material to:
combine detailed analysis of the framework of EU rights shaping social with in-depth qualitative interviews involving retired migrants across six member states (Greece, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland);
describe and evaluate an innovative approach to comparative enquiry that combines biographical interviews with legal and qualitative analysis;
highlight the diverse nature of retirement migration encompassing the experiences of returning workers, migrating retirees and post retirement returnees.
Topics are explored thematically in the context of comparative social policy, raising important and topical issues around the future of social citizenship and the implications of the exercise of agency, in an increasingly global and mobile world.
Conclusion: Disputing citizenship
We are conscious that we have written a rather strange book. It has
been disputatious, wrestling with approaches to, and conceptions of,
citizenship that we find unhelpful. It has been ‘all over the place’ as we
have traced different sites, settings and forms in which citizenship has
been – and continues to be – disputed. It has tried to liberate citizenship
from the ties that bind it to particular normative, institutional or
political formations, and instead to make its mobility and mutability a
central rather than a
The principles of the modern foundational economy and its role in renewing citizenship and informing public policy are explored for the first time in this instructive collection.
Challenging mainstream social and economic thinking, it shows how foundational economy experiments at different scales can foster radical social innovation through collective, rather than private, consumption.
An interdisciplinary group of respected European academics provide case studies of initiatives and interventions around policy cornerstones including housing, food supply and water and waste management. They build a judicious evidence base of the growing relevance of foundational economic thinking and its potential to provide a new political and social outlook on civil society and social justice.