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Rethinking Age and Citizenship

Edited by Richard Marback

Political Science

Series in Citizenship Studies

Published: February 2015
ISBN: 9780814340806
Pages: 376 Size: 6 x 9
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 9780814340813

The meaning of citizenship and the way that it is expressed by an individual varies with age, develops over time, and is often learned by interacting with members of other generations. In Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship, editor Richard Marback presents contributions that explore this temporal dimension of membership in political communities through a variety of rich disciplinary perspectives. While the role of human time and temporality receive less attention in the interdisciplinary study of citizenship than do spatial dynamics of location and movement, Generations demonstrates that these factors are central to a full understanding of citizenship issues.

Essays in Generations are organized into four sections: Age, Cohort, and Generation; Young Age, Globalization, Migration; Generational Disparities and the Clash of Cultures; and Later Life, Civic Engagement, Disenfranchisement. Contributors visit a range of geographic locations—including the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa—and consider the experiences of citizens who are native born, immigrant, and repatriated, in time periods that range from the nineteenth century to the present. Taken together, the diverse contributions in this volume illustrate the ways in which personal experiences of community membership change as we age, and also explore how experiences of civic engagement can and do change from one generation to the next.

Teachers and students of citizenship studies, cultural studies, gerontology, sociology, and political science will enjoy this thought-provoking look at age, aging, and generational differences in relation to the concept and experience of citizenship.

Richard Marback is a professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of Plato’s Dream of Sophistry and Managing Vulnerability: South Africa’s Struggle for a Democratic Rhetoric. He is also co-editor of The Hope and the Legacy: The Past, Present, and Future of Students’ Right to Their Own Language.

Contributors Include:
Enzo Colombo, Lisa J. Ficker, Jane Fiegen Green, Amy Grey, Mary Herring, John W. Hink, Saeed A. Khan, Marc W. Kruman, Peter Levine, Peter A. Lichtenberg, Cathy Lysack, Tamara Mann, Richard Marback, Yuki Oda, Jessica C. Robbins-Ruszkowski, Pauline Stoltz, Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Abdeldjalil Larbi Youcef

Generations is clear, compelling, and expertly edited. Individual chapters share age and citizenship as a starting point but connect with other aspects of citizenship research that are timely and exceptionally important, including transnational and post-colonial citizenship, globalization, naturalization and denaturalization, civic engagement, and even health care. The authors of individual chapters engage with the arguments of other authors in the volume, tying even disparate topics together into a cohesive and highly readable book. Generations is accessible enough to use in the classroom and provocative enough to help inspire further research.

– Cherstin M. Lyon, associate professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino

Generations forces readers to reframe notions about clusters of associations and ideas associated with ‘citizenship’ in terms of race, gender, ethnicity/nationality, occupation, and class. And to this mix, Richard Marback and his colleagues by turns underscore the importance of age and aging, cohort, generation, and period on citizenship. This makes for a fascinating, illuminating, well-written collection of essays.

– Andrew Achenbaum, Gerson and Sabina David Professor of Global Aging and professor of social work and history at the University of Houston