1st Edition

Reproducing Citizens: family, state and civil society

    116 Pages
    by Routledge

    116 Pages
    by Routledge

    Whilst the politics of reproduction have been at the heart of feminist struggles for over a century and a half, their analysis has not yet come to occupy a central place in the interdisciplinary study of citizenship. This volume takes up the challenge posed by Bryan Turner, when he noted "the absence of any systematic thinking about familial relations, reproduction and citizenship" (2008), and offers the first major global collection of work exploring this nexus of practices and political contestations.

    The book brings together citizenship scholars from across Europe, the Americas, and Australia to develop feminist and queer analyses of the relationship between citizenship and reproduction, and to explore the ways in which citizenship is reproduced. Extending the foundational work of feminist political theorists and sociologists who have interrogated the public/private dichotomy on which traditional civic republican and liberal understandings of citizenship rest, the contributors examine the biological, sexual, and technological realities of natality, and the social realities of the intimate intergenerational material and affective labour that are generative of citizens, and that serve to reproduce membership of, and belonging to, states, nations, societies, and thus of "citizenship" itself.

    This book was published as a special issue of Citizenship Studies.

    1. Reproduction and citizenship/reproducing citizens: editorial introduction  Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova

    2. Women’s interpretations of the right to legal abortion in Mexico City: ctizenship, experience and clientelism  Ana Amuchástegui and Edith Flores

    3. Transgendering Mother’s Day: blogging as citizens’ media, reproductive rights and intimate citizenship  Jenny Gunnarsson Payne

    4. Rights, bioconstitutionalism and the politics of reproductive citizenship in Italy  Patrick Hanafin

    5. Representations of reproductive citizenship and vulnerability in media reports of offshore surrogacy  Damien W. Riggs and Clemence Due

    6. Kurdish migrant mothers in London enacting citizenship  Umut Erel

    7. Citizenship across generations: struggles around heteronormativities  Chiara Bertone


    Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

    Isabel Crowhurst is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

    Ana Cristina Santos is Senior Researcher in Sociology in the Centro de Estudos Sociais Laboratório Associado, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

    Mariya Stoilova is a Lecturer in Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.