Agonism and the reconception of European citizenship

Tambakaki, P. 2011. Agonism and the reconception of European citizenship. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 13 (4), pp. 567-585.

TitleAgonism and the reconception of European citizenship
AuthorsTambakaki, P.
Abstract

Viewed either as a limited undertaking or a process in the making, European citizenship appears to be caught at an impasse. While the dominant approaches fail to break from the confines of the demos/no demos thesis, the challenges confronting Union citizenship ironically converge with those posed to citizenship discourse. Can European citizenship escape from this impasse? To address this question the article shows how the agonistic emphasis on contestation opens the way for a different reading of European citizenship. On this reading, Union citizenship is not simply taken as a means to participation, but as a channel for political mobilisation. Constructed out of an affective identification with the negative, with that we oppose rather than endorse, the agonistic conception, argues the article, insightfully shifts the terms of debating Union citizenship.

JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Journal citation13 (4), pp. 567-585
ISSN1369-1481
YearNov 2011
PublisherBlackwell
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00456.x
Publication dates
PublishedNov 2011

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