Citizenship is now a key battleground in the fight over the direction of personal and political morality, domestic and global policy, social justice and the spread of violence across the world. Market Citizenship: Experiments in Democracy and Globalization offers a compelling account of the past and future of citizenship. Drawing on a rich fund of empirical material, author Amanda Root analyzes a new paradigm of social relations: market citizenship.  


Markets have become, and are increasingly, one of the most important mechanisms for organizing social life. Markets provide rewards, incentives and motivations. We would not get up or go out of our homes if we did not believe that we would be, broadly speaking, rewarded in ways we expect. We expect wages if we have jobs, good marks if we study, and the enjoyment of love and affection if we have close and warm personal relationships. Rewards are a way of simplifying the vast spectrum of social experience into the tangible and the relatively predictable. This book is about how this view of rewards is changing citizenship.

Yet for some things — voting, helping one's neighbours out when they are in trouble, or donating to ...

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