We are soliciting contributions to a special issue of Politics, Groups and Identities, titled “The theory and politics of second-class citizenship.” Contributions should evaluate the political theoretic questions that arise from governments’ recent attempts to legislate the creation of second class citizenship.
The issue’s goal is to evaluate changes in the last 25 years to the approach taken by western states to citizenship that have led to new forms of second class citizenship. In 1989, Iris Marion Young argued for a group-differentiated approach to citizenship in response to what she perceived as the corrosion of the ideal of universal citizenship in the postwar period. According to Young, differences in class and cultural identity could be predicted to intersect with public policies with the effect of denying access for some people to certain key benefits of citizenships and thereby creating a de facto class of second-class citizens. Her goal was to expose these exclusions as a direct result of the pursuit of universal citizenship, and to propose group-differentiated citizenship as a response.