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Performative Citizenship Towards a Trans-scalar Conception of Citizenship

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Global cities are increasingly depicted, in urban literature, as spaces with a critical economic and a critical political function. The argument is simple, if not simplistic. Global cities are the political arenas of the future; the territorial nation-state the form of political organization of a bygone era, an era where sovereignty, territory, nationality and citizenship coincided neatly. This literature suffers from a recurrent limitation. Although it is written against the scalar mode of thinking which underpins Western modernity, the rescaling alternative it proposes, on the whole, expands rather than moves beyond it.
Our proposed alternative is to conceive of the city as a context of action in which the citizen, the rights she enjoys, the socio-economic background conditions and institutions that guarantee them, the consumer and political culture that transforms them, all contribute to define one another. It is an empirical question to determine the relative weight of each contribution. But the reach of each particular “act of citizenship” can only be fully captured if one abandons a rigidly stratified logic, and sees it as the outcome of a plurality of intersecting factors, and as, at the same time, using and traversing, in their concrete embodiments, the inflexible constitution of scales.

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Carreira da Silva, Filipe. "Performative Citizenship Towards a Trans-scalar Conception of Citizenship" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307188_index.html>

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Carreira da Silva, F. , 2009-08-08 "Performative Citizenship Towards a Trans-scalar Conception of Citizenship" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307188_index.html

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Abstract: Global cities are increasingly depicted, in urban literature, as spaces with a critical economic and a critical political function. The argument is simple, if not simplistic. Global cities are the political arenas of the future; the territorial nation-state the form of political organization of a bygone era, an era where sovereignty, territory, nationality and citizenship coincided neatly. This literature suffers from a recurrent limitation. Although it is written against the scalar mode of thinking which underpins Western modernity, the rescaling alternative it proposes, on the whole, expands rather than moves beyond it.
Our proposed alternative is to conceive of the city as a context of action in which the citizen, the rights she enjoys, the socio-economic background conditions and institutions that guarantee them, the consumer and political culture that transforms them, all contribute to define one another. It is an empirical question to determine the relative weight of each contribution. But the reach of each particular “act of citizenship” can only be fully captured if one abandons a rigidly stratified logic, and sees it as the outcome of a plurality of intersecting factors, and as, at the same time, using and traversing, in their concrete embodiments, the inflexible constitution of scales.


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