The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World

9781137534095Jan Willem Duyvendak, Peter Geschiere, Evelien Tonkens (Eds.)

New edited book at Palgrave Macmillan.
Presentation on October 18th, SPUI25: Gender, sexuality and belonging in a globalizing world

The notion of citizenship has gradually evolved from being simply a legal status or practice to a deep sentiment. Belonging, or feeling at home, has become a requirement. This groundbreaking book analyzes how ‘feeling rules’ are developed and applied to migrants, who are increasingly expected to express feelings of attachment, belonging, connectedness and loyalty to their new country. More than this, however, it demonstrates how this culturalization of citizenship is a global trend with local variations, which develop in relation to each other. The authors pay particular attention to the intersection between sexuality, race and ethnicity, spurred on by their awareness of the dialectical construction of homosexuality, held up as representative of liberal Western values by both those in the West and by African leaders, who use such claims as proof that homosexuality is un-African.