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Citizenship

  • By: Thomas Chapman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Citizenship means many things to many people in many different places; thus, ideas of citizenship are unrelentingly geographical. With the help of geographical concepts such as space, place, and scale, one can think about the various dimensions of citizenship by exploring the ways in which geography is so much a part of the political, social, cultural, and economic spheres that include or exclude people as citizens. Hence, geography is fundamental to all the critical issues of citizenship that concern society today. There are many ways in which geographers make connections to various notions and ideas of citizenship. Intersections of geography and citizenship can be traced back to antiquity, when geographers such as Ptolemy and Strabo advocated formalizing citizenship rights to people living within political territories ...

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