By Anna Plyushteva
Citizenship and the Right to the City Citizenship ensures the uniformity of rights and obligations of political participants, and therefore “mitigates – but by no means eliminates – political effects of inequalities in routine social life” (Tilly 1999: 256). Urban citizenship has been discussed at some length as a possible contemporary alternative to long-established notions of citizenship, those built on the pillars of rights, duties, and belonging to a political entity, typically a nation state (Purcell 2003: 566). Under very diverse pressures, which can fairly simplistically be summarised using terms such as neo-liberalism, globalisation, inequality, economic rescaling and spatial segregation, urban citizenship is called upon to better reflect the identity and experience of the city’s inhabitants. Since the 1960s, the idea of a Right to the City has occupied an important place in such debates, alternately falling in and out of grace with social, political and legal thinkers.
This article by Anna Plyushteva was originally published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 3 (2009). Click here for the complete article.
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