Elizabeth Cohen evaluates the concept of citizenship in new book
The Maxwell School at Syracuse University is proud
to announce the publication of Citizenship, a new book by Elizabeth F. Cohen, professor of
political science, and Maxwell alumnus Cyril Ghosh ’05 MA (PSc)/’08 PhD (PSc), associate professor of political science at Wagner
College. Released in July, the book was
published by Polity as part of its Key
Concepts in Political Theory
Citizenship is an introduction
to the concept of citizenship and an evaluation of the idea’s continuing
relevance in the 21st century. The book explores the meaning of citizenship and
unpacks its constitutive elements. It includes a brief survey of the history of
pre-modern and modern political thought on citizenship. It also lays out prominent
challenges to traditional theories of citizenship deriving from feminism, multiculturalism,
and the idea of post-national membership.
concluding chapter, Citizenship probes
the idea of “compromised citizenship” and explains threats to citizenship
including statelessness, denationalisation/denaturalisation, and displacement. To
illustrate these threats, the authors raise the contemporary migrant crises in
Europe and Southeast Asia. In this way, the book re-centers attention on those
who do not experience any citizenship protections.
commentary in the book on the global refugee crisis, South-North migration, and
growing demands for minority rights makes for a timely read.
Cohen is also a senior research associate at the Campbell
Public Affairs Institute. She is the author of Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics (Cambridge University
Press, 2009) and The Political Value of
Time (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Her work has been published in the
New York Times, the Washington Post, and Politico.
more information about the book, visit the publisher’s website.