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The idea of citizenship is widely used in daily life. a€˜Citizenship testsa€™ are used to determine who can inhabit a country; a€˜citizen chartersa€™ have been used to prescribe levels of service provision; a€˜citizensa€™ juriesa€™ are used in planning or policy enquiries; a€˜citizenshipa€™ lessons are taught in schools; youth organisations attempt often aim to instil a€˜gooda€™ citizenship; a€˜active citizensa€™ are encouraged to contribute voluntary effort to their local communities and campaigners may use a€˜citizensa€™ rightsa€™ to achieve their goals. What is meant by citizenship is never static and the subject of debate by academics, politicians and activists. These ideas are manifest and contested at a range of different scales. This book therefore argues geography is crucial to understanding citizenship. The text is organised around a number of spatial themes to examine how spatialities of citizenship are played out at a range of scales. Ideas about locality, boundaries, mobility, networks, rurality and globalisation are used to reveal the importance of space and place in the constitution, contestation and performance of citizenship. In doing so, the book reveals how different ideas of citizenship can include or exclude people from society and space. Consideration is given to ways in which different groups have sought to empower themselves through various actions associated with and beyond conventional notions of citizenship. Written in an accessible way with detailed case studies to illustrate conceptual ideas and approaches, this book offers social scientists new spatial perspectives on citizenship while also bridging together strands of social, cultural and political geography in ways that deepen understandings of people and place.That this is a false security has been amply shown in traffic accident statistics; that this is a false (or rather deeply regressive) isolationism ... In our S.U.V.s and with our S.U.V. citizenship, that kind of connectedness can always be banished beyond the shell ofthe Ford Explorer. ... Shearing and Wood (2003: 406) conclude that the emergence of these differing actor-spaces reveals a shift from state to nodalanbsp;...

Author:Richard Yarwood
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-12-17


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