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"European Union citizenship: New rights for whom?"

Elman, Amy. (1997) "European Union citizenship: New rights for whom?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    In 1992, the architects of European integration unfurled the banner of European citizenship. Faced with growing economic uncertainty, Europe's leaders rely increasingly on affective strategies to grant greater legitimacy to the new, liberal economic order. As Brigid Laffan explains, "Economic integration bore the burden of building a polity" (1996: 92). Historically, the definitive attributes of any polity are three-fold: territory, sovereignty, and citizenship. In the context of the EU, much attention has been focused on sovereignty (e.g., subsidiarity) and the expansion of territory (through extended membership); by comparison, EU citizenship is a relatively recent concern, its establishment dating only from Maastricht. This article explores briefly the meaning of such citizenship for those who have historically been excluded from state construction and transnational bargaining, principally the women of Europe. The central argument is that the concept of European citizenship is decidedly ambiguous and its application inspires ambivalence, particularly for progressives and feminists. This article explores the reasons why this is the case.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > European citizenship
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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