Global civil society and the question of global citizenship

Armstrong, Chris (2006) Global civil society and the question of global citizenship. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organization, 17, (4), 348-356. (doi:10.1007/s11266-006-9020-6).


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For many recent commentators, the association of citizenship with the nation-state is under siege, as transnational and even global forms of citizenship begin to emerge. The nascent phenomenon of global citizenship in particular is characterized by three components: the global discourse on human rights; a global account of citizenly responsibilities; and finally “global civil society.” This last component is supposed to give a new global citizenship its “political” character, and for many represents the most likely vehicle for the emergence of a global, democratic citizen politics. This paper critically examines this view, asking whether a global form of citizenship is indeed emerging, and if so whether “global civil society” is well-equipped to stand in as its political dimension. The paper examines two opposed narratives on the potential of global civil society to form a political arm of global citizenship, before returning by way of conclusion to the vexed notion of global citizenship itself.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s11266-006-9020-6
ISSNs: 0957-8765 (print)
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Keywords: global citizenship, global civil society, globalization, equality, democracy, neoliberalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 42801
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:15

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