Citizenship Rights: Statues, Challenges and Struggles

Jo Shaw, Igor Stiks

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Citizenship seems to be inextricably associated with rights, although the scope of citizenship rights has evidently varied across time and space. A rather simplistic belief in the constant enlargement of citizenship rights in liberal democracies made many perceive cultural and identity rights as yet another historic layer of citizenship rights. What is at stake today, however, is a new dynamic between these different bundles of rights in the face of new realities at a global scale that over the last three decades have deeply transformed contemporary citizenship regimes. In this context, citizenship rights, the practices which engage with them, and the task of understanding these bodies of rights, face, in our view, three general challenges: global markets, trans-national and sub-state phenomena, and human rights. In this short paper, we explore these dimensions using the heuristic device of the citizenship regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-90
JournalBelgrade Journal of Media and Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • citizenship
  • membership
  • rights
  • human rights
  • globalisation


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