CSC Citizenship Studies Book Series


Title and Description



Representation and Citizenship

Edited by Richard Marback

Representation and Citizenship establishes the terms for engaging the meanings of citizenship in the world today by framing the issue as a pull between founding beliefs and multicultural trajectories.

Published 2016

Representation and Citizenship addresses membership conundrums with fresh ideas regarding the problem of representation, community, and citizenship. Rogers Smith and Will Kymlicka in their opening chapters analyse these contradictions in terms of the constitutional foundations of membership ("a civic union") and the empirical realities of ethno-cultural-religious diversity. The multicultural diversity characteristic of modern societies needs a robust notion of cosmopolitanism to engender a shared membership. These foundational issues of citizenship are illustrated in subsequent chapters with case studies of various vocabularies of representation for minorities, migrants, and aboriginals. An original and creative contribution to citizenship studies.

– Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center, CUNY


Acts of Angry Writing

On Citizenship and Orientalism in Postcolonial India

Alessandra Marino

Analyzes women's activist writings to shed light on contemporary struggles for substantive citizenship in India.

Published 2015

Acts of Angry Writing is a rich interpretation of the struggles of Adivasi people in India to claims of citizenship. By skillfully blending literature, law, and political theory into a compelling narrative, Alessandra Marino reads the writings of Mahasweta Devi, Arundhati Roy, and Sampat Pal as acts because they do not simply describe but enjoin the struggles of Adivasi people. This book is a major contribution to indigeneity, politics, and citizenship with an innovative approach using theories of performativity, speech acts, and affect.

– Engin Isin, chair in citizenship and professor of politics at The Open University


Reconfiguring Citizenship and National Identity in the North American Literary Imagination

Kathy-Ann Tan

Explores how traditional notions of citizenship are contested and altered through literature.

Published 2015

Tan’s eagle eye juxtaposes unpredictably resonant texts to illuminate citizen rebels, rejects, and refuseniks as literary tropes. In this way she coheres troubled relationships to nationalism as a significant force in North American literature.

– Sarah M. Schulman, distinguished professor of English at The City University of New York


The Meaning of Citizenship

Edited by Richard Marback and Marc W. Kruman

An interdisciplinary exploration of four key issues in the theory and practice of citizenship.

Published 2015

The rich and varied essays in this volume make clear that citizenship has multiple, sometimes conflicting meanings. Ranging from Brazil to the Caribbean to West Africa to Israel and not neglecting the United States and Europe, the editors of this volume open the door to illuminating comparisons and to the exploration of connections across national boundaries.

– Frederick Cooper, author of Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960



Rethinking Age and Citizenship

Edited by Richard Marback

A comprehensive examination of age, aging, and generational differences and the nature of citizenship.

Published 2015

Generations is clear, compelling, and expertly edited. Individual chapters share age and citizenship as a starting point but connect with other aspects of citizenship research that are timely and exceptionally important, including transnational and post-colonial citizenship, globalization, naturalization and denaturalization, civic engagement, and even health care. The authors of individual chapters engage with the arguments of other authors in the volume, tying even disparate topics together into a cohesive and highly readable book. Generations is accessible enough to use in the classroom and provocative enough to help inspire further research.

– Cherstin M. Lyon, associate professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino

Read a review of Generations from the Journal Ageing and Society.




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