In the authoritative body of mainstream work citizenship has typically been conceptualized in a universal, often abstract manner, easily leading to its construction as a very general, supposedly ‘objective’ notion. Such tendencies to decontextualization tend to locate the concept of citizenship within the nation-state and, simultaneously, give a lack of attention to diversified contexts in which citizenship, and gendered citizenship in particular, are practiced, articulated and experienced. Citizenship is usually conceived of as based in rights, responsibilities and/or obligations, and is inclusive of, and sometimes conflating, political and economic entitlements, access, and belonging. This not only involves, in different combinations and degrees, formal political representation, but also social and cultural rights, access to state machinery and public services, and perhaps most obviously national militaries and militarisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Gender in World Politics
EditorsJill Steans, Daniela Tepe-Belfrage
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781783470624
ISBN (Print)9781783470617
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Handbooks on Gender series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.


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