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Performing Citizenship

Social Movements across the Globe, 1st Edition

Edited by Inbal Ofer, Tamar Groves


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In this book, Tamar Groves and Inbal Ofer explore the effects of social movements' activism on the changing practices and conceptions of citizenship. Presenting empirically rich case studies from Latin America, Asia and Europe, leading experts analyze the ways in which the shifting balance of power between nation-state, economy and civil society over the past half century affected social movements in their choice of addressees and repertoires of action. Divided into two parts, the first part focuses on citizenship as a form of political and cultural participation. The three case studies that make up this section look into the ways in which social movements' activism prompted a critical re-evaluation of two central questions: Who can be considered a citizen? And what forms of political and cultural participation effectively enable citizens to exercise their rights? The second section focuses on citizenship as a form of community building. The three case studies that are included in this section address the ways in which activism fosters new forms of advocacy and communication, leading to the emergence of new communities and assigning qualities of fraternity to the status of citizenship.

Throughout most of the 20th century social movements' literature focused on the challenges these entities posed to the state, since it was the state that had the capacity and willingness to grant social and economic concessions. This situation started to shift in the late 1960s. By the 1980s the existing configuration between the state, civil society and the economy was increasingly challenged by market penetration. Accordingly, we witness a proliferation of social movements that no longer target state institutions, or do so only partially. Their repertoires of action interact continuously with everyday practices, re-shaping demands within specific organizational, legislative and political contexts. As a result, such activism expands the understanding of the concept of citizenship so as to include demands relating to livelihood; division of resources; the production and dissemination of knowledge; and forms of civic participation and solidarity.

Written for scholars who study social movements, citizenship and the relationship between the state and civil society over the past half century, this book provides a fresh insight on the nature of citizenship; increasingly framing the condition of being a citizen in terms of performance and on-going practices, rather than simply in relation to the attainment of a formal status.


'In a fascinating set of case-studies, ranging from Israel to China, from Latin America to Japan, Inbal Ofer, Tamar Groves and their co-authors offer an insightful account of how the boundaries between the private and the public sphere and the very notion of citizenship are being redefined. Their book represents a distinctive contribution to the burgeoning literature on the recent waves of global protest.' - Mario Diani, University of Trento and ICREA-UPF Barcelona

Table of Contents

Introduction: Performing Citizenship Tamar Groves and Inbal Ofer 1. Social Movements, Democratic Transition and Citizenship: Spain in the1970s Pamela Radcliff 2. Pink Tide Governments, Radical Social Movements and the Practice of Citizenship in 21st Century Latin America Paul Haber 3. Between Inclusionary Demands and Sociopolitical Divides:The Israeli 2011 Summer of Discontent Zeev Rosenhek and Michael Shalev 4. Evolving Civil Society in China: Transnational Impacts Jie Chen 5. Challenging the Boundaries of Citizenship:Transnational Activism in Contemporary Japan Simon Avenell 6. From Local to Global: The Multiscalar Dimension of the Zapatista Rebellion and the Transnational Networks of Social Mobilizations Guiomar Rovira

About the Editors

Inbal Ofer is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the Open University of Israel. She specializes in twentieth century Spanish history. Her work focuses on issues of migration and urban history, gender and political mobilization.

Tamar Groves is a Lecturer at Extremadura University, Spain. She specializes in the history of education, social and political mobilization and scientific culture.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Democratic Theory

Advisory Board: Amy Allen (Penn State University), Benjamin Barber (City University of New York), Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), David Chandler (University of Westminster), Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame), John Keane (University of Sydney), James R. Martel (San Francisco State University), Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster), Davide Panagia (UCLA), Bhikhu Parekh (House of Lords), and Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

Democracy is being re-thought almost everywhere today: with the widespread questioning of the rationalist assumptions of classical liberalism, and the implications this has for representational competition; with the Arab Spring, destabilizing many assumptions about the geographic spread of democracy; with the deficits of democracy apparent in the Euro-zone crisis, especially as it affects the management of budget deficits; with democracy increasingly understand as a process of social empowerment and equalization, blurring the lines of division between formal and informal spheres; and with growing demands for democracy to be reformulated to include the needs of those currently marginalized or even to include the representation of non-human forms of life with whom we share our planet.

Routledge Advances in Democratic Theory publishes state of the art theoretical reflection on the problems and prospects of democratic theory when many of the traditional categories and concepts are being reworked and rethought in our globalized and complex times.

The series is published in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, UK.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory