chapter  8
Capabilities and participation: Russian women immigrants in North Norway
ByANN THERESE LOTHERINGTON AND KJERSTI FJØRTOFT
Pages 13

Citizenship, which provides membership in a political society, describes not only the legal status of citizens in a nation-state but also their social belonging in a particular political community. In social and political theory, understandings of citizenship closely relate to questions of both democracy and justice. Citizens’ political participation maintains democracy, and political decisions are legitimate by virtue of their being the outcome of free public reasoning among equals (Cohen 1999). This chapter examines access to full citizenship for Russian women immigrants in Norway through the lens of theoretical and normative considerations that derive from both old and new definitions of democracy.