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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Examines theories of how citizenship is mediated between lived experiences and formal entitlements in order to map out, confine, extend, name, and enact the boundaries of belonging to a polity. This book assembles deep traditions in social and political thought to provide a examination of acts of citizenship in this useful way.
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Similar Items. Print version: Acts of citizenship. The first group may be deemed as deserving state resources though they are stigmatised for this ; the second are considered dangerous and bad, and thus in need of being controlled and repressed.
The Centrality of Citizenship
In what ways are advantaged groups benefiting more from the protections of citizenship? On paper, men and women in our states have the same rights recognised. But men have more resources and more power to use these rights. And you can say the same in relation of white people and people of colour, or heterosexuals and homosexuals: the people that constitute the dominant majority have more opportunities to use their rights than those who do not have the same cultural or political resources.
We can make a similar distinction when we look at the issue of security. Security policies are usually constructed around a standard subject: a white, middle-aged male person. And it says a lot about the absurdity of the current nationalistic security rhetoric, that if you were to apply the policies demanded in that narrative to be used against migrants and refugees with the promise of making women secure, you would either need to put all men behind bars, or throw them out of the continent, since the main threats to women and also to men, in fact come from men, and most of the time it is not some strange, unknown man, but someone known to the victim, someone they may even share a home with.
Women are much more likely to be victimised inside their own four walls than out on the streets. In what sense was this shift obvious? Citizenship has always had both an inclusive and an exclusionary meaning: it distinguishes between citizens and non-citizens.
Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)
It is a status that may be extended or restricted, but it always separates insiders from outsiders. Some constitutions — such as the European Constitution, ratified as the Lisbon Treaty — recognise certain rights for all persons, irrespective of their legal citizenship.
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However, this legal status provides to both citizens and non-citizens of nation states fewer protections, or entitlements, than 30 years ago, because of the erosion of welfare provisions. The link between security and migration, at least on the EU level and also inside some European states dates back to, more or less, the early s before which migration was seen and constructed as an economic and social issue. What should be the response to those who claim that the upper and middle classes already contribute too much in support of the welfare of others?
What I would say is quite simple: in a community we should each contribute according to our resources, and receive according to our needs. Since nowadays work is getting scarcer, one of the solutions to overcome that situation in which we are preoccupied with the question of who is paying for whom would be the introduction of a citizenship based universal income. Everyone should be granted a fixed amount, irrespective of his or her income and resources, so that nobody may be subjected to the labour-market blackmailing that is leading to lower wages and worse working conditions.
This could also be a means of social cohesion, which could create a sense of belonging to a community. We need it very much, nowadays. It could bring us closer together, while security policies do exactly the opposite: they divide people through a dispersion of fear.
Beyond the 'Gender Paradox': Acts of Citizenship and Women's Movements in Turkey and Tunisia
Yes, we can keep certain people together through fear, but it is a very poor way to construct solidarity. With the policies that aim to keep us safe, we are excluding those people who need protection the most. How can we overcome this controversial situation? Through politics. And by politics I do not only mean institutional politics, but also grassroots politics, and education.
If you look beyond what the EU institutions or our governments are doing at what is going on in the streets, then things are not that dismal. In February , for example, there was a big demonstration in Barcelona to welcome refugees.
I think that we are observing a multitude of fights at all levels that are led by women — from the Polish abortion law protests to the U. Protesting on the street is, of course, not the only way, but in order to achieve our goals visibility is important. At demonstrations, we see a multitude of incarnate bodies, with all their relationships, affections, and even hostilities —this helps us perceive them are as real people, with real demands, even if we only see them through photos on the internet.
There is a longing in the people to be kept safe from criminality, wars, and terror attacks.
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What can a progressive political force tell these people if it wants to reassure them? Terrorism, common crime, and organised crime are all threats. They need to be dealt with, and that is why we have armies and the police. It is their task to devise the best ways to fight these dangers. But there is no need to emphasise these threats all the time or use them in politics.
Security is nowadays used by politicians to gain votes, but the policies that they announce are, most of the time, useless. You can use intelligence services to reduce the risks, but there is no measure that could keep your population one hundred percent safe. And building walls will definitely not protect us from anything.