Rethinking Citizenship and Social Sustainability: Multiple and Overlapping Associations
Weak states create and are confronted by complex challenges such as the inability to provide goods and services, establish rule of law, and gain public trust; economies plagued by crime, trafficking, energy shortages, poverty, and increasing gaps between rich and poor; and lingering ethnic or racial conflicts. This paper addresses possible strategies for strengthening the ability of different levels of governance to carry out functions typically associated with the state, moving beyond conventional spacial or cultural hierarchies of national and local and promoting alternative notions of citizenship exercised within and across multiple and overlapping polities/associations. This paper is closely linked to the paper proposed by Dr. Dina Siddiqi on Weak States and Gendered Risks to Citizenship and Social Sustainability.
Keywords: Citizenship, Weak States, Governance, Spatial Hierarchies, Multiple Associations, Overlapping Memberships, Re-imaging and Re-shaping Institutions for Sustainability
Prof. Julie Mostov
Director, International Area Studies, Drexel University