Citizenship is a core concept for the social sciences, and citizenship is also frequently interpreted, challenged and contested in different political arenas. Shaping Citizenship explores how the concept is debated and contested, defined and redefined, used and constructed by different agents, at different times, and with regard to both theory and practice.

The book uses a reflexive and constructivist perspective on the concept of citizenship that draws on the theory and methodology of conceptual history. This approach enables a panorama of politically important readings on citizenship that provide an interdisciplinary perspective and help to transcend narrow and simplified views on citizenship. The three parts of the book focus respectively on theories, debates and practices of citizenship. In the chapters, constructions and struggles related to citizenship are approached by experts from different fields. Thematically the chapters focus on political representation, migration, internationalization, sub-and transnationalization as well as the Europeanisation of citizenship.

An indispensable read to scholars and students, Shaping Citizenship presents new ways to study the conceptual changes, struggles and debates related to core dimensions of this ever-evolving concept.

chapter |16 pages


Shaping Citizenship as a Political Concept
ByClaudia Wiesner, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Katja Mäkinen

part I|69 pages

Theorising Citizenship

chapter 1|16 pages

Prototype Citizenship

Evolving Concepts of Inclusion and Order
ByMikhail Ilyin

chapter 2|16 pages

The Concept of “Good Enough” Citizen Revisited

An Exploration of Current Discourses on Political Participation
ByElena García-Guitián

chapter 3|16 pages

Citizenship, Democracy and the Iconology of Political Representation

A Plea for an Iconological Turn in Democratic Theory
ByHans J. Lietzmann

chapter 4|15 pages

Abstaining Citizenship

Deliberative and Epistocratic Understandings of Refraining from Voting
ByFrancisco Javier Gil Martín

part II|5 pages

Debating Citizenship

chapter 5|15 pages

Right of the Politically Persecuted Non-Citizen or Right of the State?

Conceptual Debates on Asylum
ByHanna-Mari Kivistö

chapter 6|15 pages

Temporality at the Borders of Citizenship

Conditioning Access in the Case of the United Kingdom
ByAnna Björk

chapter 7|15 pages

Access to Medical Care: A Citizenship Right or a Human Right?

On Struggles over Rights, Entitlement and Membership in Contemporary Sweden
ByAmanda Nielsen

chapter 8|15 pages

The Non-State Sámi

Struggle for Indigenous Citizenship in the European North
BySanna Valkonen, Jarno Valkonen

part III|5 pages

Practising Citizenship

chapter 9|16 pages

Shaping Citizenship Practice through Laws

Rights and Conceptual Innovations in the EU
ByClaudia Wiesner

chapter 10|15 pages

Practicing European Industrial Citizenship

The Case of Labour Migration to Germany
ByNathan Lillie, Ines Wagner

chapter 11|16 pages

“All About Doing Democracy”?

Participation and Citizenship in EU Projects
ByKatja Mäkinen

chapter 12|15 pages

Dual Citizenship and Voting Rights

Domestic Practices and Interstate Tensions
ByHeino Nyyssönen, Jussi Metsälä

chapter |7 pages


Contested Conceptualisations of Citizenship
ByClaudia Wiesner, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Katja Mäkinen