1st Edition

People Out of Place Globalization, Human Rights and the Citizenship Gap

Edited By Alison Brysk, Gershon Shafir Copyright 2004
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Globalization pushes people "out of place"--across borders, out of traditions, into markets, and away from the rights of national citizenship. But globalization also contributes to the spread of international human rights ideas and institutions. This book analyzes the impact of these contradictory trends, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as migrants, laborers, women, and children. Theoretical essays by Richard Falk, Ronnie Lipschutz, Aihwa Ong, and Saskia Sassen rethink the shifting nature of citizenship. This collection advances the debate on globalization, human rights, and the meaning of citizenship.

    I. FRAMEWORK 1. Globalization and the Citizenship Gap, Alison Brysk and Gershon Shafir 2. Citizenship and Human Rights In An Era of Globalization, Gershon Shafir II. PRODUCING CITIZENSHIP 3. Constituting Political Community, Ronnie Lipschutz 4. Latitudes of Citizenship, Aihwa Ong III. CONSTRUCTING RIGHTS 5. Agency on a Global Scale: Rules, Rights, and the European Union, David Jacobson and Galya Benarieh Ruffer 6. International Law and Citizenship: Mandated Membership, Diluted Identity, Peter Spiro IV. GLOBALIZING THE CITIZENSHIP GAP 7. Deflated Citizenship: Labor Rights in a Global Era, Gay W. Seidman 8. The Globalization of Social Reproduction: Women Migrants, Kristen Hill Maher 9. Children Across Borders: Patrimony, Property, or Persons? Alison Brysk V. RECONSTRUCTING CITIZENSHIP 10. Citizenship and Globalism: Markets, Empire, and Terrorism, Richard Falk 11. The Repositioning of Citizenship, Saskia Sassen 12. Globalizing Citizenship? Alison Brysk and Gershon Shafir


    Alison Brysk is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Gershon Shafir is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

    "People Out of Place analyzes the interaction of two traditions of rights--those nested in the nation state and available to citizens and those available to all human beings by virtue of their moral equality--and brilliantly illuminates the impact on them of the processes we label globalization. This is not a collection of loosely related essays, but a tightly integrated multiplication of insights into the thinning out of citizenship rights through reduced state control over markets. For me this book exemplifies social science in the service both of imaginative and objective inquiry and of humane empathy." -- Tom Farer, Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
    "Both timely and important, People Out of Place is a great collection of empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated, and accessible essays on some of the fundamental problems of our time. Unafraid to ask big questions and to entertain bold alternatives to the status quo, Brysk and Shafir's book is a significant addition to the literature examining the costs, contradictions, challenges and opportunities facing those struggling to give weight to human rights, and to increase the protections of migrants and second-class citizens in an increasingly globalized world. This is a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students alike, as well as for researchers and activists." -- Joseph Nevins, Department of Geology and Geography, Vassar College, and author of Operation Gatekeeper
    "A collection of insightful essays on the ways in which globalization has altered citizenship in the contemporary world...People Out of Place is a worthwhile and provocative read." -- Perspectives on Political Science