Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Citizenship is always in dispute – in practice as well as in theory – but conventional perspectives do not address why the concept of citizenship is so contentious. This unique book presents a new perspective on citizenship by treating it as a continuing focus of dispute.The authors dispute the way citizenship is normally conceived and analysed within the social sciences, developing a view of citizenship as always emerging from struggle. This view is advanced through an exploration of the entanglements of politics, culture and power that are both embodied and contested in forms and practices of citizenship.
This compelling view of citizenship emerges from the international and interdisciplinary collaboration of the four authors, drawing on the diverse disputes over citizenship in their countries of origin (Brazil, France, the UK and the US). The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the field of citizenship, no matter what their geographical, political or academic location.
“This book provides an innovative and critical approach to thinking about citizenship as a key word always in dispute, whose ethnographic orientation will appeal to many undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as to researchers.” Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, University of Manchester
"A major contribution to critical thinking about citizenship that takes its political, contentious, and cultural aspects seriously and playfully, through brilliantly nuanced discussions." Engin Isin, Professor of Citizenship, The Open University
John Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the UK’s Open University. His work explores the intersections of citizenship, nations, states and welfare
Kathleen Coll is a cultural anthropologist at Stanford University whose research focuses on issues of immigration, gender, and cultural citizenship in the US.
Evelina Dagnino is Professor of Political Science at the University of Campinas, Brazil. A leading international scholar, she is also a member of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development Board and the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, UK.
Catherine Neveu is Directrice de Recherche, IIAC/TRAM (Transformations Radicales des Mondes Contemporains) (CNRS-EHESS), Paris. Her work centres on elaborating an anthropological approach to citizenship.
Imagining the ‘communities’ of citizenship;
Conclusion: Disputing citizenship.