The instrumental turn of citizenship

Joppke, Christian Georg (2018). The instrumental turn of citizenship. Journal of ethnic and migration studies : JEMS, 45(6), pp. 858-878. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1440484

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Instrumentalism, I argued earlier [Joppke, Christian. 2010a. “The Inevitable Lightening of Citizenship.” European Journal of Sociology 51 (1): 9–32.], is the heart of an ‘inevitable lightening’ of citizenship in liberal societies. This theme is further developed here, in two directions. Normatively, I argue that the Roman tradition of legal citizenship provides a better foil for understanding current citizenship developments than Greek political citizenship, which is predominant in political theory. Empirically, three cases of instrumentalism are highlighted: the selling of citizenship, expanding provisions of external citizenship, and the rapidly evolving European Union citizenship as a citizenship without identity. While states have always been strategists in matters of citizenship, particularly in inter-state relations, the novelty is to see individuals also in this role, seizing possibilities that states have often inadvertently created for them.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1469-9451

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlène Breidenbach

Date Deposited:

21 May 2019 08:31

Last Modified:

21 May 2019 08:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1369183X.2018.1440484

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125053

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125053

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