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12 August 2010
ISBN: 9781848134713
288 pages
216mm x 138mm

Development, Anthropology, Geography, Politics

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Globalizing Citizens

New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion

Edited by John Gaventa and Rajesh Tandon

Globalization has given rise to new meanings of citizenship. Just as they are tied together by global production, trade and finance, citizens in every nation are linked by the institutions of global governance, bringing new dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. For some, globalization provides a sense of solidarity that inspires them to join transnational movements to claim rights from global authorities; for others, globalization has meant greater exposure to the power of global corporations, bureaucracies and scientific experts, thus adding new layers of exclusion to already fragile meanings of citizenship.

Globalizing Citizens presents expert analysis from cities and villages in India, South Africa, Nigeria, the Philippines, Kenya, the Gambia and Brazil to explore how forms of global authority shape and build new meanings and practices of citizenship, across local, national and global arenas.


'Many speak generally and loosely about 'global citizenship', but this path-breaking book sets out precisely and concretely what this principle means for everyday life and struggles. Fascinating, original, painstakingly crafted case studies from diverse contexts are combined with probing conceptual reflections on the nature of rights and duties in today's more global society. Globalizing Citizenship develops a crucial and exciting agenda for the future.' - Jan Aart Scholte, Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, Centennial Professor, LSE Global Governance, London School of Economics

'Why does globalisation offer opportunities for solidarity and change for some and weaken the opportunity for citizen agency for others? How do citizens navigate the complex terrain of a multilayered politics to express their needs and demands? Through a collection of rich case studies, Gaventa and Tandon’s book insightfully explores the politics of mobilisation, the politics of intermediation and the politics of knowledge involved in ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘global’ citizen action. The cases offer the reader realistic accounts of both global actions that have built solidarity and challenged the powerful, whilst also illustrating that sometime global citizen actions result in a reinforcement of powerful forces.' Dr Helen Yanacopulos, The Open University

Table of Contents

Part I: introduction
1. Citizen engagements in a globalising world - John Gaventa and Rajesh Tandon
Part II: From Global to Local: the impact of global governance on everyday citizenship
2. Mediated health citizenships: Living with HIV and engaging with the Global Fund in the Gambia - Rebecca Cassidy and Melissa Leach
3. Mobilising and mediating global medicine and health citizenship: the politics of AIDS knowledge production in rural South Africa - Steven Robins
4. Enhancing everyday citizenship practices: women's livelihoods and global markets - Julie Thekkudan
5. The politics of global assessments: the case of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) - Ian Scoones
Part III: From Local to Global: the dynamics of transnational citizen action
6. Campaigns for land and citizenship rights: the dynamics of transnational agrarian movements - Saturnino M. Borras and Jennifer C. Franco
7. Spanning citizenship spaces through transnational coalitions: the case of the Global Campaign for Education - John Gaventa and Marjorie Mayo
8. Citizenship and trade governance in the Americas - Rosalba Icaza, Peter Newell and Marcelo Saguier
9. Mobilization and political momentum: Anti-asbestos struggles in South Africa and India' - Linda Waldman
10. Hybrid Activism: paths of the globalization in the Brazilian environmental movement - Alonso
11. Caught between national and global jurisdictions: Displaced people's struggle for rights - Lyla Mehta and Rebecca Napier-Moore

About the Authors:

Rajesh Tandon is the founder and executive director of PRIA (Society for Participatory Research in Asia), and has been an activist-scholar for the past three decades, focusing on issues such as citizenship and participatory governance, participatory research and building civil society alliances. In addition to his writing and scholarship, he has served as a civil society leader in India and internationally, including serving as a founding member and chair of CIVICUS, programme director of the Citizens and Governance Programme of the Commonwealth Foundation and chair of the Montreal International Forum (FIM). He has been active participant in the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability and served as co-convenor of the working group on globalising citizen engagements.

John Gaventa is a Research Professor and Fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change Team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. A political sociologist by training, he has written widely on issues of power, citizen action, participation and democracy, including the award winning Power and Powerlessness in an Appalachian Valley (1980) and Global Citizen Action (co-editor, 2001). He also has been active with a number of NGOs and civil society organisations internationally, including the Highlander Centre in the United States and Oxfam in the UK. He is the director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability and served as co-convenor of the working group on globalising citizen engagements.