Citizenship and Bleakness

Linda Bosniak

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Responding to the editors’ prompt: ‘Has your relationship to the study of citizenship changed?’ I ask in this brief essay whether the language of citizenship possesses the resources to contend with the fairly dire set of circumstances we currently face. I suggest that the concept’s analytical and normative force relies on certain democratic and universalist horizons which are under siege or in some state of collapse, and I therefore wonder whether continuing to frame social analytics in citizenship terms might not presuppose as backdrop a political world that is vanishing. I also query, in preliminary terms, how much a conceptual project so often conceived and embraced as world-building in spirit can help make instructive sense of the proliferating devastations of this current moment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Generations
  • affects
  • critique
  • rupture


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