Remaking citizenship

Remaking citizenship

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In the last twenty years, advanced capitalist states, particularly in the Western world, have turned to digital platforms and infrastructures as a potent way of public sector reform. This has had important consequences for the basic meaning and contents of citizenship. My work has dealt with this remaking of citizenship by looking at how advanced capitalist state employ digital technologies and infrastructures as new forms of statecraft. It has dived into the new discourses, legal mechanisms and political technologies through which citizenship is made and reconstructed. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with Morten Hjelholt, and has explicitly sought to repoliticize the often highly technical and neutralizing language surrounding these changes. More recently, I have come to focus on questions of inequality and marginalization. I have done so with an emphasis on how citizenship itself can act as an instrument of stratification, creating new forms of exclusion for those already at the fringes of the welfare state.

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