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Transnational citizenship, dissent and the political geographies of youth

Hörschelmann, Kathrin and El Refaie, Elisabeth ORCID: 2014. Transnational citizenship, dissent and the political geographies of youth. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39 (3) , pp. 444-456. 10.1111/tran.12033

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This paper brings a relational perspective to studies of citizenship beyond national borders. Analysing the responses of 16 to 19-year-old young people in Bradford (UK) to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we demonstrate the complex entanglements of young people's lives with international politics and develop a relational conceptualisation of citizenship. Departing from the scalar logics and universalising assumptions upon which many definitions of cosmopolitan citizenship are based, we show that youth citizenship across and beyond national borders evolves from specific lines of connection and disconnection that are actualised and modified in performances of citizenship identities, giving rise to diverse political positions and dissent, both with the state and between young people. We conclude with some suggestions for translating these ideas into youth citizenship practices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmopolitan citizenship; youth; dissent; war; Iraq; Afghanistan
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0020-2754
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:12

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