Chapters in the first half of the book examine citizenship and place within the city. The second half examines citizenship and place beyond the city, beyond the nation, and in the case of statelessness, even beyond citizenship. The volume ends with a chapter that asserts that all citizenship is local. Citizenship, when examined from the ground up within the context of place, can capture conflicts and negotiations around belonging and rights that include those who are refugees, those who are stateless, and those whose very presence and demand for rights defy normative or state-driven definitions of who has the right to claim rights based on citizenship. This book seeks to help the reader push traditional boundaries and critically examine notions of citizenship in these spaces.
Cherstin M. Lyon and Allison F. Goebel’s Citizenship and Place takes a collection of essays about place (especially physical, but also metaphorical), belonging, and rights, and forges them into a tightly focused book. The essays in turn effectively support the editors’ argument that the citizen’s right to have rights is shaped by local experience, conflict, and practice.
Allison Goebel is a professor in the school of environmental studies with cross appointments in gender studies, global development studies and sociology, Queen's University, Canada.