Citizenship in the Globalised World
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This book presents a globally-oriented, state-based conception of citizenship. It responds to both the increasing polarization between nationalists and those who view themselves as citizens of the world, and the expanding responsibility gap between states that perpetuate global injustices and the citizens in whose name they act.
Hobden argues that citizens of liberal western democracies can be held collectively morally responsible for the unjust acts of their state in the international realm. While citizenship is state-based, citizens have duties of global justice that are grounded in virtue of their citizenship of a particular state, and therefore the collective can be blamed, punished (within limits), expected to apologize, and held liable for remedial duties. The book explores how this conception of citizenship approaches the conditions of contemporary societies: citizens of vastly differing wealth and education; states that often act beyond the realm of their mandate; semi-democratic regimes; and the rise of non-citizen residents. It advocates for an active citizenry, with obligations to make use of a wide-range of democratic channels in the pursuit of justice, including social media and consumer activism.
Offering a new lens on global justice, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students of political theory, global justice, citizenship, democratic theory, and collective responsibility.
Table of Contents
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 lecturer at the University of Fort Hare. She is a political philosopher whose research interests include global justice, citizenship, collective responsibility, equality, international normative thought, and the brain drain crisis.