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citizenship---things are changing, differently « Previous | |Next »
June 11, 2006

Some good questions for those with a bit of time for weekend reflections are raised in this passage in an article entitled, 'Experiments with Freedom: Milieus of the Human', by Aihwa Ong. She says:

The explosive growth and destruction of global markets is associated with various kinds of freedoms: freedom from old traditions, old obligations, spatial confinements, and political arrangements. Experimentations with freedoms---at the political, social, and individual levels---have historically accompanied capitalist expansion.The rise of nation-states in a global order has paralleled the growth of a world economy. These parallel developments have greatly complicated the meaning of freedom and obscured our understanding of the various forms it can take. What is citizenship if not the institutionalization of human rights as political membership in a nation-state? What are human rights if not the freedom from basic human want promised by a global community? Indeed, citizenship concepts that appear to us as enduring global norms of human existence are in constant flux, mirroring the constant upheavals of society and the eternal restlessness of capitalism.

Citizenship is a state of mutation is the argument ---The flows of contemporary globalization open up questions about the nature of human freedom and claims in environments of uncertainties and risks linked to mass displacements, economic downturns, and market exclusions highlight the protective limits of citizenship and human rights.These limits are being transgressed through a process of deterritorializing of citizenship, and, as a result, citizenship is being remade. Do the new logics of market-driven individualism subvert the freedoms enshrined in citizenship by stripping away the old guarantees of citizenship protections?

Ong warns that:

Experiments with individual freedom do not always result in the realization of Enlightenment ideals of cosmopolitanism or the expansion of human rights. One can say that the ease of crossing borders is associated not primarily with goals of realizing the common global good but with specific individual goals or with political agendas that seek non-democratic visions.

Under neo-liberal modes of governance things may turn out to be quite other to the cosmopolitian conception of border crossings in which they can see a glimmer of a cosmopolitan future eg., Australian working in the US and so forming a diasporia.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 6:50 PM | | Comments (1)


Australian working in the US and so forming a diaspora.

Highly unorganized though. The Southern Cross Group is the only diasporan action group I know of. In the US Australians dont stick together in ghettos or anything. The most Australians I have seen together in one spot was the Australian Rules championships in Cincinatti (Go NY Magpies!).

Many diasporans have maintained an Australian political identity though, most of the SSR writers are or have been diasporans. Which is another aspect of it, the diaspora is turgid. Which could mean long term change as that sort of thinking becomes entrenched in Australian thinking.