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Acts of European Citizenship: A Political Sociology of Mobility

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  • CLAUDIA ARADAU,

    1. Open University
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    • This article is part of European Commission Framework Programme 7 (FP7-SSH) project ENACT – Enacting European Citizenship (217504), available at «http://www.enacting-citizenship.eu/».
      We would like to thank Rutvica Andrijasevic, Engin Isin and Mike Saward for helpful comments on earlier drafts. Thanks also to William Walters and Anne McNevin for their constructive engagement with this work, as well as to the helpful suggestions of the editors and the anonymous reviewers.

  • JEF HUYSMANS,

    1. Open University
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  • VICKI SQUIRE

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    1. Open University
      Vicki Squire
      The Open University
      POLIS
      Walton Hall
      Milton Keynes
      MK7 6AA
      Tel + 44 (0) 1908 654 481
      email v.j.squire@open.ac.uk
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Vicki Squire
The Open University
POLIS
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Tel + 44 (0) 1908 654 481
email v.j.squire@open.ac.uk

Abstract

European citizenship is marked by a tension: between a citizenship that is derivative of the nation-state and a citizenship that is defined by free movement. Approaching this tension as symptomatic of a deep-rooted contradiction between integration and mobility that is constitutive of modern social formations, this article develops a political sociology of mobility that challenges territorial and culturalist accounts of European citizenship. It does so by exploring the political enactment of European citizenship by marginalized subjects, whose engagement in relations of exchange serves as the ground for acts of European citizenship that ‘mobilize mobility’. This is illustrated by an analysis of the 2005 Declaration for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe.

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