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Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship: Track 1

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How do we define being a citizen? In what ways has the idea of citizenship expanded?

At a time when tumultuous world events, from Israel to India, call for a deeper understanding of the purpose and power of citizenship

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Tuesday 25th February 2014
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Track 1: Citizenship after Orientalism

Professor Engin Isin explains why there’s a need to start altering the traditional views that have been held about the idea of citizenship.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Citizenship after Orientalism    Professor Engin Isin explains why there’s a need to start altering the traditional views that have been held about the idea of citizenship. Play now Citizenship after Orientalism
2 Writing Citizenship    Dr Alessandra Marino examines how ‘acts of writing’ can support indigenous movements for civil and environmental rights, using the example of Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy and her activism against dams in India. Play now Writing Citizenship
3 Democrats, citizens, fools    Dr Deena Dajani considers the idea that the right to question authority wasn’t solely rooted in the liberal tradition of thinking of rights as abstract entitlements but in fact was enacted centuries earlier by the supposedly mad court jester. Play now Democrats, citizens, fools
4 Haunted Citizens    Dr Tara Atluri’s podcast takes a look at the meanings of gender justice in contemporary India and the new political movements that have arisen since this tragic case of the gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi. Play now Haunted Citizens
5 The Imperial Citizen    Dr Jack Harrington Looks at the racial inequalities and challenges imposed on the indigenous people of countries that were colonized and proposes that their respective governments used social engineering as a means of deciding who could be a citizen. Play now The Imperial Citizen
6 Gurus and Citizens    Dr Aya Ikegame argues that religious gurus who act as providers of social care and justice represent a form of ‘citizenship’ as they successfully administer support to the community where the state is inadequate. Play now Gurus and Citizens
7 Sexual Citizens and Orientalism    Dr Leticia Sabsay’s research focuses on ‘sexual citizenship’ and how the consequences of its emergence and expansion have forced Western societies to confront their own assumptions about freedom and equality within political, social and contemporary life. Play now Sexual Citizens and Orientalism

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