Policy Press

Gendering citizenship in Western Europe

New challenges for citizenship research in a cross-national context

By Ruth Lister, Fiona Williams, Anneli Anttonen, Jet Bussemaker, Ute Gerhard, Jacqueline Heinen, Stina Johansson, Arnlaug Leira, Birte Siim, Constanza Tobio, with and Anna Gavanas


May 16, 2007

Page count

216 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Gendering citizenship in Western Europe

This is a collectively written, inter-disciplinary, thematic cross-national study which combines conceptual, theoretical, empirical and policy material in an ambitious and innovative way to explore a key concept in contemporary European political, policy and academic debates.

The first part of the book clarifies the various ways that the concept of citizenship has developed historically and is understood today in a range of Western European welfare states. It elaborates on the contemporary framing of debates and struggles around citizenship. This provides a framework for three policy studies, looking at: migration and multiculturalism; the care of young children; and home-based childcare and transnational dynamics.

The book is unusual in weaving together the topics of migration and childcare and in studying these issues together within a gendered citizenship framework. It also demonstrates the value of a multi-level conceptualisation of citizenship, stretching from the domestic sphere through the national and European levels to the global.

The book is aimed at students of social policy, sociology, European studies, women's studies and politics and at researchers/scholars/policy analysts in the areas of citizenship, gender, welfare states and migration. 

"This is an important collaboration by distinguished international scholars on gender and citizenship. Its innovative approach connects ideas about citizenship with concerns about childcare, migration and global relations." Gillian Pascall, Professor of Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Anneli Anttonen is Professor in Social Policy at the University of

Tampere, Finland.

Jet Bussemaker is a political scientist working at the Free University, Amsterdam and is also a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party, and junior minister in the Dutch government.

Ute Gerhard is Professor Emeritus of Sociology (Gender Studies) at

the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Jacqueline Heinen is Professor of Sociology at the University of

Versailles-St-Quentin, France.

Stina Johansson is Professor in Social Work at Umea University,


Arnlaug Leira is Professor in the Department of Sociology and

Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway.

Ruth Lister is Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University,


Birte Siim is Professor in Gender Studies at the Institute for History, International and Social Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Constanza Tobío is Professor and Vice-Dean in charge of Sociology at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain.

Fiona Williams is Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds,


Contents: Introduction; Part one: Citizenship in Europe: History and cross-national perspectives: Historical perspectives; Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s; Part two: Policy studies: Gendered citizenship: migration and multiculturalism; Gendered citizenship: the care of young children; Gendered citizenship and home based childcare: transnational dynamics; Conclusion.