No space for citizens? Conceptualisations of citizenship in a functional region
2011 (English)In: CITIZENSHIP STUDIES, ISSN 1362-1025, Vol. 15, no 1, 109-123 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article aims to discuss whether there is such a thing as citizenship performed at the level of the sub-state region and, if so, how this can be studied. It is suggested that aspects of citizenship should be studied not only in the context of sub-state administrative units, but also in the context of more loosely interconnected functional economic regions. The main argument for this is that, although there is no contract between the polity and the citizen in these functional regions, they are often highly politicized spaces, governed by coalitions of public and private actors whose actions can be of considerable importance for those inhabiting them. It is also suggested that, in the absence of formal rights and institutionalized relations between citizens and polity, we need to explore how citizens and citizenship are conceptualized by the polity in these regions more broadly. The article focuses (a) on the conditions for citizenship in the functional region and (b) on those discourses of citizenship that emerge under the conditions identified. A tentative conclusion is that, in the absence of formal citizenship rights connected to the functional space, a discourse about citizens and citizenship has emerged, which is focuses solely on citizens capacity to contribute to economic growth.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis , 2011. Vol. 15, no 1, 109-123 p.
citizenship, space, place, functional region
Human Geography Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67167DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2010.534934ISI: 000287203100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67167DiVA: diva2:407785