Rethinking Citizenship and Social Sustainability: Multiple and Overlapping Associations

Prof. Julie Mostov
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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
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Julie Mostov

Director, International Area Studies, Drexel University

Dr. Julie Mostov is Director of International Area Studies, Director of Women's Studies, and Associate Professor of Politics. She specializes in Democratic Theory and studies on Sovereignty and Citizenship, Gender and Nation, and the Politics of National Identity. Having studied in the former Yugoslavia, Mostov situates her arguments about ethnocracy and hard border notions of sovereignty in Southeastern Europe. Her recent publications promote the notion of soft-borders, transnational citizenship, and relational sovereignty, and explore gender and sexuality in the politics of national identity. In addition to her academic research Mostov has been actively involved in development projects in Serbia and Montenegro, Albania, and Moldova, and organizations and grants to stop violence against women in the U.S. and abroad.

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