Citizenship: Dynamics of Choice, Duties and Participation

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 4C G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC18 Political Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Citizenship is a very broad concept, which can be defined as legal, political and social entitlements or a set of institutionally embedded practices. There is a great deal of public debate about the meaning of citizenship, the relationship between citizens and government, effectiveness of democracy, policy measures aimed at promoting active citizenship and future prospects in the globalized world.
There are increasing concerns about the role of the state in promoting effective policy-making and the effects of a strong civic tradition on the performance of the political system as a whole. Most scholars agree that the nation-state is in decline and that there is a need to do some hard thinking about what these changes mean for being a citizen. The state, the market and the forum as well as their complex relationship should be analysed as competing fields of citizenship practices in order to understand the institutions and practices of citizenship in the contemporary world. 
This section welcomes papers applying different theoretical and empirical approaches with respect to change and development of citizenship on the national and global scale. In particular we are interested in the following themes:

  • What does it mean to be a “good” citizen in the 21st century?
  • What are the consequences of citizenship for the effectiveness of the political system?
  • What can the trajectories of citizenship development be in the context of rapid marketization?
  • What is the relationship between capitalist development and citizenship development?
  • What is a sense of political membership in a globalized world?
Session Organizer:
Jurate IMBRASAITE, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Markus HADLER, University of Graz, Austria
Democratic Citizenship: Beyond Payer's Privilege and Nation's Unity
Jennifer BRICHZIN, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Urban Gardening and Collective Agriculture in Vienna - Citizen Partizipation As Neoliberal Strategy?
Sarah KUMNIG, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria; Andreas EXNER, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria
Transformation of Citizenship? Direct Participation within Urban Planning Projects
Chantal MAGNIN, Institut fuer Sozialforschung, Germany
Meanings of Civic Activity By Polish Activists
Anna RADIUKIEWICZ, Institute of Political Studies ot the PAS, Poland
Brazilian Popular Organizations and Associations in Housing Policy: From Social Movements to Social Policy Tools
Cibele RIZEK, Studies on Right of Citizenship Center (CENEDIC - USP), Brazil
Youth Citizenship Participation: An Empirical Test of a Conceptual Model
Daniel MIRANDA, P. Catholic University of Chile, Chile
The Open Data Challenge: Data Disclosure Between Citizen Empowerment and Digital Economy
Giuseppe REALE, University of Catania, Italy; Davide ARCIDIACONO, University "Sacro Cuore" of Milan, Italy
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