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Global Citizenship for the Stay-at-Homes

Strumia, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-0361-7327 (2018). Global Citizenship for the Stay-at-Homes. In: Debating Transformations of National Citizenship. (pp. 279-284). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-92719-0_49


The citizen’s right to have a stake beyond national borders potentially bridges the cleavage between the globally mobile and the immobile. It belongs to, and appeals to the interests of, both classes of citizens. It can be exercised physically by the former group, and virtually by the latter through the novel channels that technology opens up. It is this very right that holds the potential to respond to nationalist and protectionist stances variedly represented in the contemporary political spectrum of several western countries.

To the extent that these stances are driven by fear and insecurity, the concrete conferral of a right to have a stake beyond one’s borders can teach the 21st century citizens an important lesson: that protection and security do not come from populist retrenchment into closure and exclusion. They rather come from the broadening of the umbrella under which citizenship claims can find accommodation. National citizenship can change to track not only the territorial boundaries of nation states but also the virtual ones of human stakes and interests.

Never mind the gap between the mobiles and the immobiles. New technology brings about the gift of global citizenship for the stay-at-homes.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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