Citizenship beyond state sovereignty

Authored by: Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415519724
eBook ISBN: 9780203102015
Adobe ISBN: 9781136237966


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This chapter outlines the emergence of a new approach which is increasingly deployed to investigate the complexities of citizenship in a globalizing context. This is an approach which involves refusing state sovereignty and its corresponding spatial and temporal framework as a necessary starting point for questions about political identity and belonging in a globalizing world. I explore how this new approach attempts to provide another starting point for thinking about citizenship to that of linear progressive time and territorial bounded space linked to the nation-state in order to open up the manner in which political identity and belonging can be conceptualized beyond coherency, unity, and homogeneity. This new approach can be understood as an attempt to reposition how we think about citizenship in such a way as to make state sovereign time-space a problem rather than a (necessary) solution.

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