The Normative Limits of Consumer Citizenship

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In political philosophy, citizenship is a key concept. Citizenship is tied to rights and duties, as well as to concepts of social justice. Recently, the debate on citizenship has developed a new direction in focusing on qualified notions of citizenship. In this contribution, I shall defend three claims. Firstly, consumer citizenship fits into the discussion of qualified notions of citizenship. Secondly, the debate on qualified notions of citizenship cannot be detached from the normative claims in the philosophy of citizenship more generally. In particular, duties and rights receive a distinct shape when debated in terms of "consumer citizenship". Thirdly, I shall argue that further normative limits can be established by discussing qualified notions of citizenship as items of a list that need to cohere in normative terms. I shall pay particular attention to environmental citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 34
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603103 Ethics


  • Citizenship
  • Consumer citizenship
  • Environmental citizenship
  • Political liberalism
  • Social justice

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