September-October 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 7

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2010 ASA Annual Meeting Theme

Toward a Sociology of Citizenship

105th ASA Annual Meeting
August 14-17, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia
Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis

At its most general level, citizenship refers to full membership in a community in which one lives, works, or was born. From a sociological perspective, two central and linked questions arise in relation to "membership":

  1. What practices and processes define which individuals or groups are identified as competent members of a community?
  2. What practices do individuals and groups adopt to establish claims to membership in a community?

Carefully analyzing such social practices and processes can help us overcome two tendencies that limit our understanding of citizenship: (1) Viewing citizenship as a static bundle of rights, and (2) Viewing the ambit of citizenship as limited to the nation state. Instead, we view citizenship as a fluid and contested domain, operating in multiple overlapping communities, within and across nation states.

The theme of the 2010 ASA meetings is intended to stimulate development of sociological approaches to a comparative transnational study of citizenship. The theme can be explored from the perspective of many areas of specialization in sociology, including family, immigration, labor, collective movements, criminology, political sociology, and religion, by asking, for example:

 

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