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Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives by Ruth Lister

By Ruth Lister

The competing pressures of globalization and immigration have compelled humans in all places to imagine hard and long approximately what it capacity to be a citizen. In Citizenship, Ruth Lister argues for a brand new feminist suggestion of citizenship, one who can accommodate difference.

Lister argues that citizenship has regularly been a device of social and political exclusion, inequality, and xenophobia. How, then, she asks, can it supply a high-quality starting place for revolutionary, non-discriminatory policymaking? Lister explores various disciplines and a burgeoning overseas literature on citizenship, pinpointing vital theoretical matters and recasting conventional brooding about it, whereas exploring its political and coverage implications for ladies in all their variety. subject matters of inclusion and exclusion (at the nationwide and foreign level), rights and participation, inequality and distinction are hence dropped at the fore within the improvement of a "woman-friendly" concept of citizenship.

Wide-ranging, stimulating, and available, this pathbreaking e-book may be of specific curiosity and relevance to scholars, activists, and policymakers.

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45 The nature of the social rights that have emerged has, in part, been a reflection of the extent to which women have been involved in their construction. Conversely, the extent of women’s political involvement has, in part, been a reflection of the nature of the social and reproductive rights they have achieved and their mobilisation has been, in part, a function of their relationship with the welfare state. In the welfare state today, the two aspects of citizenship coalesce in the process of negotiation with welfare state institutions.

174). In his, otherwise demanding, characterisation of modern citizenship, Oldfield thus appears to end up by endorsing an approach that could embrace at least some of the activities I have been discussing. If an active participatory notion of citizenship, which embodies some of the spirit of civic republicanism, is to offer an attractive and realistic model to women and other groups traditionally marginalised in the political process, it has, I would argue, to embody a broad notion of ‘the political’, which incorporates a range of activities in the public sphere.

His goal is correction of ‘the current imbalance between rights and responsibilities’ (1993, p. 4). In the UK, David Selbourne has similarly deplored ‘a politics of dutiless right’ characteristic of the ‘civic deserts’ of the modern nation with its attenuated civic bond (1994, p. 31). What is Citizenship? 23 Such thinking has had a considerable influence on the ‘third way’, as expounded by New Labour and by Giddens, its ‘intellectual guru’. Indeed the latter has gone so far as to propose ‘no rights without responsibilities’ as ‘a prime motto for the new politics’ (1998, p.

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