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Introduction

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346940.003.0007
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This chapter starts by explaining why it is necessary to understand citizenship in context. This is followed by a brief account of the meanings of citizenship and of feminist interpretations of them. The analysis highlights three key elements of citizenship: rights and responsibilities, belonging, and participation. The starting point for the volume and central theme running through it is that context matters. The various forms of regime – welfare, care, gender, citizenship, and migration – dovetail together to constitute formal citizenship and to frame the lived experience of gendered (and racialised) citizenship in different ways. This book is also divided into two parts. Part One provides a framework for the cross-national analysis of gendered citizenship. Part Two comprises three interrelated policy studies, which throw light on critical elements of gendered citizenship in twenty-first-century Europe. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided.

Keywords: gendered citizenship; feminist interpretations; rights; responsibilities; belonging; participation; policy

Chapter.  5400 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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