What Does It Mean to be a Good Citizen?

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 19:30-20:50
RC18 Political Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Political theorists  provided  sets of expectations for the good citizen (Barber, 1984; Schattschneider, 1975; Warren 2001).  A good citizen has to vote, to join a voluntary organization, gain political knowledge, participate in political debates and etc. However, normative democratic theory tell us a little about everyday experience of citizenship and its  complex relationships to the state, market and forum.
This section welcomes papers applying different theoretical and empirical approaches with respect to everyday citizenship. In particular we are interested in the following themes:

    • What are the ways in which people understand themselves as citizens in the 21st century?
    • What does it mean to be a “good” citizen?
    • What is a sense of political membership in a globalized world?
    • What are the consequences of  citizenship for the effectiveness of the political system?
    • What can trajectories of development of citizenship be in the context of rapid marketization?
Session Organizer:
Jurate IMBRASAITE, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Martine LEGRIS REVEL, Lille University, France
Oral Presentations
Forced to be Free? Reflections on an Agonistic Citizenship
Martin OPPELT, Bavarian School of Public Policy - Technical University of Munich, Germany
On Civil Disobedience: Judith N. Shklar on the Possibilities and Limitations of Dissent in Modern Democracies
Andreas HESS, University College Dublin, Ireland; Samantha ASHENDEN, Birkbeck College, United Kingdom
Everyday Citizenship Practices and Counter-Hegemony in China
Raising Today’s Young Citizen for Tomorrow
Mariève FOREST, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities, Canada; Stephanie GAUDET, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities, Canada; Caroline CARON, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada; Esther FRIGON, University of Ottawa, Canada
Citizen Literacy of Participatory Democracy
Martine LEGRIS REVEL, CERAPS CNRS Lille University, France
Distributed Papers
Taxpayer Citizenship and Prostitution
Isabel CROWHURST, University of Essex, United Kingdom
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