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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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(p.1) Introduction
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 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

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