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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 Organizations, 17, (4), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: global citizenship, global civil society, globalization, equality, democracy, neoliberalism


Local EPrints ID: 42801
ISSN: 0957-8765
PURE UUID: 93ed06c7-71ef-4fee-bd67-e4c8762b7aaf

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Date deposited: 12 Jan 2007
Last modified: 07 Sep 2017 16:35

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