1st Edition

Citizenship Agendas in and beyond the Nation-State

Edited By Martijn Koster, Rivke Jaffe, Anouk de Koning Copyright 2017
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    In today’s world, citizenship is increasingly defined in normative terms. Political belonging comes to be equated with specific norms, values and appropriate behaviour, with distinctions made between virtuous, desirable citizens and deviant, undesirable ones. In this book, we analyze the formulation, implementation, and contestation of such normative framings of citizenship, which we term ‘citizenship agendas’. Some of these agendas are part and parcel of the working of the nation-state. Other citizenship agendas, however, are produced beyond the nation-state. The chapters in this book study various sites where the meaning of ‘the good citizen’ is framed and negotiated in different ways by state and non-state actors. We explore how multiple normative framings of citizenship may coexist in apparent harmony, or merge, or clash. The different chapters in this book engage with citizenship agendas in a range of contexts, from security policies and social housing in Dutch cities to state-like but extralegal organizations in Jamaica and Guatemala, and from the regulation of the Muslim call to prayer in the US Midwest to post-conflict reconstruction in Lebanon. This book was previously published as a special issue of Citizenship Studies.

    1. Citizenship agendas in and beyond the nation-state: (en)countering framings of the good citizen
    Anouk de Koning, Rivke Jaffe and Martijn Koster

    2. Between ballots and bullets: elections and citizenship in and beyond the nation-state
    Rivke Jaffe

    3. Of ordinariness and citizenship processes
    Catherine Neveu

    4. Citizenship agendas for the abject: the production of distrust in Amsterdam’s youth and security domain
    Anouk de Koning

    5. Muslim sound, public space, and citizenship agendas in an American City
    Alisa Perkins

    6. Post-conflict reconstruction and citizenship agendas: lessons from Beirut
    Najib B. Hourani

    7. Vigilantes, gangsters, and alcohol: clashing citizenship regimes in postwar Guatemala
    Ellen Sharp

    8. Citizenship agendas, urban governance and social housing in the Netherlands: an assemblage approach
    Martijn Koster

    9. Citizenship as horizon
    Thomas Blom Hansen


    Martijn Koster is an assistant professor at the department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has conducted ethnographic research in Brazil and the Netherlands. His main research interests are citizen participation, political brokerage and urban development.

    Rivke Jaffe is professor of Cities, Politics and Culture in the department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and includes a strong interest in the spatiality and materiality of urban inequalities.

    Anouk de Koning is assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University, where she leads an ERC-funded project Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Contested Citizenship. She has worked in Cairo, Paramaribo and Amsterdam, researching how political regimes and public discourses impact people’s everyday lives.