1st Edition

Citizenship in a Globalised World

By Christine Hobden Copyright 2021
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    What does it mean to be a citizen of a democracy today? This book challenges us to re- evaluate and ultimately reorient our state- based conception of democratic citizenship in order to meaningfully account for the context in which it is lived: a globalised, deeply interconnected, and deeply unjust world.

    Hobden argues for a new conception of citizenship that is state- based, but globally oriented. The book presents a new account of collective responsibility that includes responsibility for a wider range of collective outcomes.

    Drawing upon this account, Hobden argues that citizens can be held collectively morally responsible for the acts of their state, both domestically and internationally.

    The book explores how this conception of citizenship, with its attendant collective responsibility, can speak to citizens of today: those experiencing the costs of inequality and oppression; those living under semi- and newly democratic regimes; and those living as non- citizen residents. It encourages

    an active citizenship and presents innovative channels of participation, with discussions on civic education in the media and political consumerism.

    Offering a new lens on citizenship in a global context, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students of political theory, global justice, citizenship, democratic theory, and collective responsibility.

    Part I. The Concepts: States, Citizens, and Global Injustice

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. The State and Justice, Globally

    Chapter 3. Citizenship: A Conception

    Part II. Collective Moral Responsibility for Citizens

    Chapter 4. Collective Moral Responsibility: The Collective Outcome Account

    Chapter 5. Closing the Gap: Responsible Collectives

    Chapter 6. Citizens’ Individual Obligations

    Part III. Responsibility Enacted

    Chapter 7. Facing up to Complexity

    Chapter 8. Citizens in a Globalised World

    Chapter 9. Conclusion


    Christine Hobden is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa and an Iso Lomso Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. From May 2021, she will be a Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Governance at the Wits School of Governance. She is a political theorist whose research focuses on citizenship, international justice, and collective responsibility.