Through a detailed introductory discussion of the relation between the civil and the political, and between recognition and representation, this book provides a comprehensive vocabulary for understanding citizenship. It uses the work of T H Marshall to frame the critical interrogation of how ethnic, technological, ecological, cosmopolitan, sexual and cultural rights relate to citizenship. The authors show how the civil, political and social meanings of citizenship have been redefined by postmodernization and globalization.

Cosmopolitan Citizenship: Contested Sovereignties
Cosmopolitan citizenship: Contested sovereignties

The key concept in examining the contemporary transformations of advanced capitalism is sovereignty. Earlier it was argued that the two sovereignties of modernity—state and individual—are challenged by the rising claims for group rights. Indeed, a central argument of this book is that modern citizenship needs radical transformation in theory and practice because of these new group rights (Shapiro and Kymlicka, 1997). The emphasis so far has been on specific groups based on ethnic, racial, gender and sexual identities and their struggle for recognition and redistribution within Western nation-states. In this and the next chapter, we shift our emphasis from these identities to identities that primarily form across national borders and create new transnational and transversal spaces. Of course, ...

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