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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.
- Hjelholt, M., & Schou, J. (2018) The digital divide and citizen classifications: the inscription of citizens into the state. In M. Ragnedda, & G. Muschert (eds.),Theorizing Digital Divides (chapter 13, pp. 173-185). London: Routledge.
- Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2018) Digital citizenship and neoliberalization: governing digital citizens in Denmark, Citizenship studies, 22:5, 507-522. https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2018.1477920
- Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2018) Digitalization and Public Sector Transformations, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9783319762906
- Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2018) Digital state spaces: state rescaling and advanced digitalization, Territory, Politics, Governance, https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2018.1532809
- Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J. (2017) Digital Lifestyles Between Solidarity, Discipline and Neoliberalism: On the Historical Transformations of the Danish IT Political Field from 1994 to 2016, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 15(1), pp. 370-389.
- Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J. (2017) Den digitale borger, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. ISBN: 9788741268125
- Schou, J. (2017) Review of “Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman (eds.). 2016. Knowing Governance: The Epistemic Construction of Political Order”, Science & Technology Studies, 30(2), p. 77-79. https://doi.org/10.23987/sts.63109
- Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2017) Digitalizing the Welfare State: Citizenship Discourses in Danish Digitalization Strategies from 2002 to 2015, Critical Policy Studies, 1-20 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2017.1333441