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Biological Citizenship

  • By: Zoltan P. Majdik
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The term biological citizenship or biocitizenship encompasses a number of different concepts. Most uses of the term relate the concept of citizenship to some form of biological markers, defining citizenship as a category of persons that share certain biological characteristics, and that define through those biological characteristics the community to which they belong and in which they have rights and responsibilities. Biological citizenship thus differs from traditional definitions of citizenship, which create a legal definition of a community with often, but not necessarily, shared historical, geographical, or cultural background. Beyond this general idea of what the term means, the use of biological citizenship as a concept differs widely. Sometimes, biological citizenship is used to describe how governments or other top-down political/legal entities assign citizenship rights ...

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