Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Citizenship



Citizenship is essential for democracy and new claims for equal rights and justice from women, minorities and gendered social groups that are marginalized have become part of the global public agenda during the past 20 years. Although recent feminist and women’s movements, such as #MeToo and 'A rapist in your path‘[un violador en tu camino] started in the USA and Chile, these mobilizations have been transnational in character. In this context, feminist and queer activists have raised both old and new citizenship questions in different parts of the world, as well as asked how these questions relate to human rights.

Critical scholars have relatedly been engaged in reframing the classical approaches to citizenship from multicultural, gender, intersectional, transnational and glocal perspectives. The classical conception of citizenship was associated with civil, social and political rights that were limited to the nation state inspired by T.H. Marshall’s seminal work. This understanding of citizenship concerns equal rights, participation and belonging to a community - ‘the right to have rights’ – with Hannah Arendt’s renowned formulation. Feminist scholarship has contributed to challenge the classical understandings of citizenship premised on the public-private divide and on women’s exclusion from equal civil, social and political rights.

The aim of the handbook is to contribute to the vibrant and innovative scholarship analyzing gender and citizenship from intersectional and transnational perspectives. The intersectionality approache contributes to expose how dominant notions of ‘the people’ and national politics of belonging embody not only nationalist but also gendered and racialized assumption about the rights, activity and power of people disclosing a one-dimensional notion such as who belongs to ‘the people . Critical scholarship has proposed to replace notions such as the national conception of citizenship with transnational, cosmopolitan and global perspectives. These perspectives challenge methodological nationalism and encourage us to investigate e.g. post-colonial and feminist approaches to borders, bordering and politics of belonging.

Intersectional and transnational perspectives contribute to expose profound inequalities that have inspired new struggles by gendered citizens, migrant, minority and refugee groups within and beyond the national boundaries. These struggles address the inabilities of many nation states to ensure equal rights and recognition regardless of whether they concern the level or extent of national or human rights. The volume presents a diversity of critical theoretical and methodological approaches that all contribute to the rethinking of gendered citizenship, such as feminist and normative political theory, intersectional, migrant and minority studies, black and queer studies, post-structural, postcolonial and de-colonial, as well as critical masculinity studies. The diverse contributions reflect critically on the framing of citizenship approaches and perspectives, on how contemporary issues relate to memories of the past and strategies for the future, to normative debates and future research agendas.
Kort titelGender and Citizenship
Effektiv start/slut dato15/02/202115/12/2023

FN's verdensmål

I 2015 blev FN-landende enige om 17 verdensmål til at standse fattigdom, beskytte planeten og sikre velstand for alle. Dette projekt bidrager til følgende verdensmål:

  • Verdensmål 1 - Afskaf fattigdom
  • Verdensmål 5 - Ligestilling mellem kønnene
  • Verdensmål 10 - Mindre ulighed
  • Verdensmål 16 - Fred, retfærdighed og stærke institutioner


  • Intersectionality
  • Transnationalism
  • borders/bordering
  • politics of belonging
  • power/empowerment
  • feminist mobilization
  • social justice
  • inclusive solidarity
  • human rights


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