The Act of Recognition: Citizenship in Practices

By Judith Metz.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this article I will reconstruct the Dutch debate on citizenship against the developing thinking about social citizenship in the context of globalization. I will show that the confusion around citizenship in the Netherlands can be seen as a result from a split between an unanimous negative valuation of Dutch citizen participation and the practice in which the participation of Dutch population is high. Recent theory on citizenship and participation localizes citizen participation, through membership, in the heart of citizenship practices (B.S. Turner). This can be understood as that all kinds of practices and activities can be viewed as citizenship practices and citizenship activities. From this perspective it becomes clear that in the Netherlands, due to the nation-state conceptualisation of citizenship social participation is not acknowledged as part of citizenship. In reverse, the case study learns about the theory of citizenship in practices that that theory functions as a framework that visualises different - sometimes conflicting - notions and practices of citizenship and thereby recognises all these as part of citizenship.

Keywords: Participation, Citizenship, Practices, Recognition

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.59-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 631.978KB).

Dr. Judith Metz

Senior Researcher, Social Issues, School of social work and law, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Netherlands

Dr. Judith Metz is program leader of Youth Spot, the research and practice centre on Youth Work of the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Characteristic for her research is that it occurs in the intersection between social science and social practices. In different working environments she translates academic insights for social institutions, civil society organizations and local and national governments, and their professionals and clients. In return Metz brings the knowledge about the functioning of practices back to the social sciences. Metz publishes on: youth, participation, social work, social policy, diversity and research methods. Judith Metz studied women studies social sciences in Nijmegen. Her masterthesis on sexism and social culture in the autonomous movement in the Netherlands was published in 1998 as: Het gekraakte ideaal [the broken ideal]. From 2001 - 2006 Metz worked at the University of Humanistics on her dissertation: De tweeledige werking van intermediairen voor burgerparticipatie, Amsterdam: Humanistic University Press [The twofold functioning of intermediaries for citizen participation].

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