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Contours of Citizenship

Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship, 1st Edition

By Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Evangelia Tastsoglou

Edited by Margaret Abraham


232 pages

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In an increasingly globalized world of collapsing economic borders and extending formal political and legal equality rights, active citizenship has the potential to expand as well as deepen. At the same time, with the rise of neo-liberalism, welfare state retrenchment, decline of state employment, re-privatization and the rising gap between rich and poor, the economic, social and political citizenship rights of certain categories of people are increasingly curtailed. This book examines the complexity of citizenship in historical and contemporary contexts. It draws on empirical research from a range of countries, contexts and approaches in addressing women and citizenship in a global/local world and covers a selection of diverse issues, both present and past, to include immigration, ethnicity, class, nationality, political and economic participation, institutions and the private and public spheres. This rich collection informs our understanding of the pitfalls and possibilities for women in the persistence and changes within the contours of citizenship.


'This volume, edited and written by some of the best known international feminist sociologists, explores different situated contexts of women's citizenship in different societies. While emphasizing the shifting and contested nature of women's citizenship it also highlights the crucial importance of analyzing all citizenships in an intersectional way, in which the gendered nature of women's citizenship is mutually constituted in the concrete reality of everyday life experience with other intersected social power axes, such as class, race, ability, sexuality and stage in the life cycle. The book particularly highlights the exclusionary, as well as inclusionary and participatory character of citizenship constructions and how any valid analysis of women's citizenship has to be examined in local and global contexts relationally.' Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, UK 'Grounded and global, this collection concentrates on the citizenship struggles of women in five continents. Highlighting the structural constraints of neoliberalism and economic globalization on women, the essays feature different meanings and practices of citizenship in their presentation of everyday life experiences. This is an insightful volume that should be adopted in women's and gender studies, sociology, anthropology and international studies courses.' Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Brown University, USA, and author of The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization '… an excellent resource for research and teaching, providing much needed empirical case studies alongside conceptual debates… I would encourage anyone interested in gender and citizenship to read this book… I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource providing empirically grounded analysis that can guide the development of further research.' European Journal of Women's Studies '… the value of this volume is in its expanse across many national contexts and social groups and scholarship within nation

About the Authors/Editor

Margaret Abraham, Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University, USA; Professor Esther N Chow, American University, USA; Laura Maratou-Alipranti, Research Director, National Centre for Social Research, Greece; and Dr. Evangelia Tastsoglou, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary's University, Canada

About the Series

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.

Please contact one of the editors if you have a proposal for consideration:

Jane Parpart: [email protected]

Marianne H. Marchand: [email protected]

Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel: [email protected]

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