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The Margins of Citizenship

1st Edition

Edited by Philip Cook, Jonathan Seglow


168 pages

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Citizenship is a central concept in political philosophy, bridging theory and practice and marking out those who belong and who share a common civic status. The injustices suffered by immigrants, disabled people, the economically inactive and others have been extensively catalogued, but their disadvantages have generally been conceptualised in social and/or economic terms, less commonly in terms of their status as members of the polity and hardly ever together, as a group.

This volume seeks to investigate the partial citizenship which these groups share and in doing so to reflect upon civic marginalisation as a distinct kind of normative wrong. For example, it is not often considered that children, though their lack of civic and political rights are marginal citizens and thus have something in common with other marginalised groups. Each of the book’s chapters explores some theoretical or practical aspect of marginal citizenship, and the volume as a whole engages with pressing debates in law and political theory, such as the limits of democratic inclusion, the character of social justice, the integration of migrants, and the enfranchisement of prisoners and children.

This book was published as a special issue of the Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The margins of citizenship: introduction Philip Cook and Jonathan Seglow 2. Citizenship and the marginalities of migrants David Owen 3. Amnesty in immigration: forgetting, forgiving, freedom Linda Bosniak 4. Workers without rights as citizens at the margins Virginia Mantouvalou 5. Luck, opportunity and disability Cynthia A. Stark 6. Citizenship and Disability: incommensurable lives and well-being Steven R. Smith 7. Voters should not be in prison! The rights of prisoners in a democracy Peter Ramsey 8. Against a minimum voting age Philip Cook 9. Marginalization as non-contribution Jonathan Seglow

About the Editors

Philip Cook, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Edinburgh.

Jonathan Seglow, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes