1st Edition

Shaping Citizenship A Political Concept in Theory, Debate and Practice

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Citizenship is a core concept for the social sciences, and citizenship is also frequently interpreted, challenged and contested in different political arenas. Shaping Citizenship explores how the concept is debated and contested, defined and redefined, used and constructed by different agents, at different times, and with regard to both theory and practice.

    The book uses a reflexive and constructivist perspective on the concept of citizenship that draws on the theory and methodology of conceptual history. This approach enables a panorama of politically important readings on citizenship that provide an interdisciplinary perspective and help to transcend narrow and simplified views on citizenship. The three parts of the book focus respectively on theories, debates and practices of citizenship. In the chapters, constructions and struggles related to citizenship are approached by experts from different fields. Thematically the chapters focus on political representation, migration, internationalization, sub-and transnationalization as well as the Europeanisation of citizenship.

    An indispensable read to scholars and students, Shaping Citizenship presents new ways to study the conceptual changes, struggles and debates related to core dimensions of this ever-evolving concept.

    Introduction: Shaping Citizenship as a Political Concept

    [Claudia Wiesner, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö and Katja Mäkinen]

    Part 1: Theorising Citizenship

    [Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Katja Mäkinen and Claudia Wiesner]

    1. Prototype Citizenship: Evolving Concepts of Inclusion and Order

    [Mikhail Ilyin]

    2. The Concept of "Good Enough Citizen" Revisited: An Exploration of Current Discourses on Political Participation

    [Elena García-Guitián]

    3. Citizenship, Democracy and the Iconology of Political Representation: A Plea for an Iconological Turn in Democratic Theory

    [Hans Lietzmann]

    4. Abstaining Citizenship: Deliberative and Epistocratic Understandings of Refraining from Voting

    [Francisco Javier Gil Martín]

    Part 2: Debating Citizenship

    [Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Anna Björk, Katja Mäkinen and Claudia Wiesner]

    5. Right of the Politically Persecuted Non-Citizen or Right of the State? Conceptual Debates on Asylum

    [Hanna-Mari Kivistö]

    6. Temporality at the Borders of Citizenship: Conditioning Access in the Case of the United Kingdom

    [Anna Björk]

    7. Access to Medical Care: A Citizenship Right or a Human Right? On Struggles over Rights, Entitlement and Membership in Contemporary Sweden

    [Amanda Nielsen]

    8. The Non-State Sámi: Struggle for Indigenous Citizenship in the European North

    [Sanna Valkonen and Jarno Valkonen]

    Part 3: Practising Citizenship

    [Katja Mäkinen, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö and Claudia Wiesner]

    9. Shaping Citizenship Practice through Laws: Rights and Conceptual Innovations in the EU

    [Claudia Wiesner]

    10. Practicing European Industrial Citizenship: The Case of Labour Migration to Germany

    [Nathan Lillie and Ines Wagner]

    11. "All About Doing Democracy"? Participation and Citizenship in EU Projects

    [Katja Mäkinen]

    12. Dual Citizenship and Voting Rights: Domestic Practices and Interstate Tensions

    [Heino Nyyssönen and Jussi Metsälä]

    Conclusion: Contested Conceptualisations of Citizenship

    [Claudia Wiesner, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö and Katja Mäkinen]


    Claudia Wiesner is acting professor for comparative politics at Hamburg University and adjunct professor for political science at the University of Jyväskylä.

    Anna Björk is a postdoctoral researcher in political science at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä.

    Hanna-Mari Kivistö is a postdoctoral researcher in political science at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä.

    Katja Mäkinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

    'An interdisciplinary book that will become a must-read for all those working on citizenship, nation, diversity and inequality in Europe. Original in its inception, this book explores we how we talk about, contest, practice and also perform our citizenship in the different realms of our social and political activity.'Anna Triandafyllidou, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

    'This volume re-establishes the conceptual link between citizens and politics and thus revives a classical perspective that today has been mostly lost: as Max Weber famously put it, citizens are occasional politicians (Gelegenheitspolitiker).' - Kari Palonen, Professor of Political Science, University of Jyväskylä

    'Shaping Citizenship is a fine account of the contested nature of citizenship as a political concept and practice. The book provides a comparative appraisal of citizenship ranging from the theoretical controversies around its democratic understanding to the contention surrounding citizenship as a political practice and its centrality in most recent public debates in Europe on immigration and rights.' - José María Rosales, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Málaga

    'Citizenship is probably one of the most politically contested and dynamic fields of research in Europe today. The daily changes in policy and practice, the heated debates, and the triggering events have created a need for understanding and reflection. Shaping Citizenship responds to these dynamic issues by addressing the conceptual debates on ‘inclusion’ and ‘the good enough citizens’. It contributes to research on asylum, access, and Human Rights and deals with practice in EU innovation, labour migration, dual citizenship, and much more. I recommend reading it carefully.' - Trond Solhaug, Professor, Norwegian University for Science and Technology, NTNU