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date: 22 February 2020

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Rather than following a linear narrative, this discussion of rescaling citizenship reveals varied modes socio-spatial organization and belonging that, at times, coincide with the dominant political units of historic eras and, at others, reject or transcend them. While varied ideals of belonging and civil responsibility may be more visible or articulated today, they have existed throughout history, and perpetually formed alternative scales of citizenship. Re-scaling citizenship has always been part of efforts to organize political space at an optimal scale for civil beneficence, rights, and responsibilities. Despite efforts to rigidly link concepts of membership to territory, contingencies of social process, technology, and shifting values make citizenship multivalent and polilocal. While affirming the continued allure of the territorial state, this chapter calls for consideration of increasing mobilities and communication technology, supra and sub-state political communities, as well as cross-border relationships and the daily practices of integration that pervade contemporary human existence.

Keywords: citizenship, territory, state, scale, mobility, empire, polis

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