The Inevitable Lightening of Citizenship

Joppke, Christian (2010). The Inevitable Lightening of Citizenship. European Journal of sociology, 51(1), pp. 9-32. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0003975610000019

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This paper scrutinizes the paradox of the increasing objective yet diminishing subjective value of citizenship in Western states. The decreasing subjective value points to an inevitable lightening of citizenship, which persists despite states’ recent efforts to upgrade and re-nationalize citizenship by ceremony, civic integration tests, and more exclusive rights. I discuss some features of citizenship light, most notably instrumentalism and a dissociation of citizenship from nationhood. The recently court-empowered European Union citizenship serves as an illustration.

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

ISSN:

0003-9756

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:15

Last Modified:

13 Mar 2017 09:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0003975610000019

Web of Science ID:

000280031400001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.3875

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/3875 (FactScience: 207969)

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