Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s

Lister Ruth, Williams Fiona, Anttonen Anneli, Bussemaker Jet, Gerhard Ute, Heinen Jacqueline, Johansson Stina, Leira Arnlaug, Siim Birte, Tobio Constanza and Gavanas Anna

in Gendering citizenship in Western Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861346940
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302438 | DOI:
Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s

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This chapter concentrates on those contextual issues concerning citizenship that have emerged within the European welfare states since the 1970s. It then discusses the various contemporary vocabularies and feminist critiques of citizenship. Some striking citizenship issues and debates in contemporary welfare states are also reported. The chapter further explores the consequences of international developments for these vocabularies of citizenship. Different contemporary vocabularies of citizenship have been developed, containing various forms of feminist critiques. It may be concluded that despite the historical differences between Britain, Netherlands, France, Germany, Nordics, and Spain, contemporary debates on citizenship also show common features. It may also be stated that citizenship is a strong liberating concept, which has been used by many groups to fight for rights, participation, and inclusion, and to defend rights that were won in previous struggles.

Keywords: citizenship; contemporary vocabularies; feminist critiques; Britain; Netherlands; France; Germany; Nordics; Spain

Chapter.  10649 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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