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Urban Citizenship







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National citizenship is like a global birth lottery. It divides wealth from poverty, war from peace, it decides on educational and career opportunities and often on survival itself. National citizenships generate exclusions that are justified by territorial, national, biopolitical, racist and economic arguments and are globally enforced within violent border regimes. But this national world order is not without alternative. At the local level, cities experiment with another form of belonging that counteracts nationalist and racist exclusions: urban citizenship.


In the US, a dense network of sanctuary cities is growing, in which the municipalities, together with activist groups, enable safer lifes for city inhabitants. All residents should therefore have access to basic commons such as educational facilities, health services, housing, food, bank accounts, mobile phone contracts, police and jurisdiction. This is coupled with the migrant-friendly policy of "Don’t ask don’t tell", which urges local authorities to not report illegalized residents to the federal authorities.


Since 2007, this policy has been formalized in several sanctuary cities with the introduction of city identity cards based on a "ius domicili". Moreover, these "Radical Cities" (see our latest issue) operate their policy of the commons through close contact with neighborhood assemblies and activist

movements. In the global south, urban citizenship has been practiced for decades, such as in the case of insurgent citizenship in Brazilian metropolises. All these practices are accompanied by scientific debates on urban citizenship, which explore the possibilities and limitations of a politization at the city level.

In the next issue we want to focus on urban citizenship, illuminating potentials and limits of this concept.


After all, urban identities are cleverly integrated into the marketing of neoliberal entrepreneurial cities, and are also subject to nationalist trade, and foreign policies. We want to present and act upon promising practices of urban citizenship and we want to network and promote theory debates on urban citizenship transnationally. With this in mind, we are looking for contributions that intervene in the fields of science and politics, and open a public debate between activism and theory: essays, articles, illustrations, artistic forms and experiments are welcome.


To summarise: What are the arguments or considerations for and against urban citizenship? Who is an urban citizen and who isn’t? Can nationalist border regimes be changed by urban citizenship? How can urban citizenship guarantee rights? Does it reproduce (national) problems on a smaller scale? How does it relate to gentrification and partition of cities? What can European cities learn from the movement of Sanctuary Cities? When are you an urban citizen?


Please send Your contribution (max. 10 000 characters) by 1st December 2018 to Should you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please do not hesitate to contact us.






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engageé is an independent sociopolitical magazine, located at the intersection of philosophy, politics, literature, art and activism.

engagée is fond of theory and promotes emancipatory practices.


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