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.
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