Arenas of citizenship

Alison M. Jaggar

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Traditional conceptions of citizenship have privileged individuals' relationships to the state. However, recent emphasis on civil society as a terrain of democratic empowerment suggests a shift in our ideas about what citizens properly do and the arenas in which they do it. I argue that it would be a mistake to privilege activism in civil society over traditional state-centered political activity and I contend that democratic citizenship may - and must - be performed in multiple arenas. Feminists need enriched understandings of citizenship that recognize the indispensability of both national and transnational civil society but still maintain a strong focus on the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-25
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Citizenship
  • Civil society
  • Democratization
  • Feminism
  • Globalization
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • State

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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