Geographies of Citizenship and Identities in a Globalising World

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Abstract

Globalizing processes of the last half a century have thoroughly reshaped social life around much of the globe. Transformations of citizenship, understood usually as membership in a political community, have been amongst some of the most tangible and contested components of this reshaping. This chapter traces the most important ways in which citizenship, the way it is governed, practiced and imagined in the everyday life, has changed. At the same time, it highlights the most important shifts in how social scientists’ understanding of citizenship has changed in the process. In a chronological fashion, the chapter opens with the early concerns about the challenges that transnational migration has been posing to citizenship, understood throughout the last century as a national institution. Following upon the critiques of initial assessments of such challenges as amounting to denationalization of citizenship, I next discuss the relationship between contemporary cities and citizenship. Here the chapter stresses geographic and explicitly spatial approaches that have unveiled citizenship as a multi- and inter-scalar political as well as social relation between a subject and the state. The last segment discusses the implications of integrationist turn in state-migrant population relations of the last two decades for contemporary citizenship formations, including how they are tightly enmeshed with the neoliberalization of citizenship that has been profoundly changing parameters of membership and belonging for populations across the global north, migrant and non-migrant alike.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Geographies of Globalization
EditorsRobert C. Kloosterman, Virginie Mamadouh, Pieter Terhorst
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2018
Pages162-174
Chapter11
ISBN (Print)978 1 78536 383 2
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78536 384 9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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