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Citizenship Beyond the State


September 2010 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Is 'citizenship' still a useful concept? Can citizens - and democracy - exist independently of the state?

This text provides an accessible guide to the theories and debates that surround the key political concepts of state, citizenship, and democracy today.

John Hoffman reviews the modern development of these concepts from the classic texts of Marx and Weber to the post-war critiques of the feminist, multicultural and critical theorists and considers the on-going barriers to a full realisation of a democratic citizenship.

By carefully considering what the state is and what it does, Hoffman shows that it is possible to respond to these critiques and challenges and 'reclaim' citizenship and democracy as inclusive and emancipatory, rather than divisive and controlling.

In advancing this alternative view of a 'stateless' citizenship, Hoffman opens up new possibilities for conceiving power and society in contemporary politics today. It will be essential reading for all students of politics and sociology for whom the questions of state, nationality, power and identity remain of central importance.


 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: DEFINITIONS AND DEBATES
 
The State
 
Democracy
 
PART TWO: BARRIERS TO A DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP
 
State and Nationalism
 
Gender and Violence
 
Capitalism, Class and Social Rights
 
Participation
 
Globalization
 
PART THREE: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP
 
Citizenship, Democracy and Emancipation
 
The Problem of Agency and Realization
 
Conclusion

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