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Gendering citizenship in Western EuropeNew challenges for citizenship research in a cross-national context$
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Ruth Lister

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346940

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346940.001.0001

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Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s

Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s

(p.46) (p.47) Two Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s
Gendering citizenship in Western Europe

Lister Ruth

Williams Fiona

Anttonen Anneli

Bussemaker Jet

Gerhard Ute

Heinen Jacqueline

Johansson Stina

Leira Arnlaug

Siim Birte

Tobio Constanza

Gavanas Anna

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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

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