Unequally entitled citizens: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Alessandro Pratesi
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2018/1 Language English
Pages 26 P. 173-198 File size 241 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2018-001009
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This article illustrates a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion aimed to overcome current limitations of the concept of citizenship. A growing number of critical theorisations of care work, intimacy and citizenship from feminist, multicultural and global perspectives support the argument that nonconventional forms of intimacy and care represent an opportunity to explore possible sites of resistance against macro-structural forces while at the same time avoiding marginalisation. The theoretical contribution illustrated in this article discusses the extent to which a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion can be applied to several types of unequally entitled citizens in different cultural contexts. Its overall objective is developing new perspectives to under-stand the relationship between individuals, local communities and political institu-tions and to grasp useful insights into how people across the globe resourcefully "do citizenship" and social inclusion through care practices and the emotional dynamics revolving around them. In other words, to explore and understand how new, creative ways to define citizenship and social inclusion can be activated at the local level of micro-interactions even when forms of institutional exclusion and racism persist at a structural and political level. The new perspective on citizenship and social inclusion emerging from the proposed theoretical model challenges common assumptions on the problematic na-ture of migration and reframes this latter as an integral part of the process of hu-man, social and economic development.

Keywords: Unequally-entitled citizens; Emotional dynamics; Care; Citizenship; Anti-assimilationist forms of social inclusion

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Alessandro Pratesi, Unequally entitled citizens: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 1/2018, pp 173-198, DOI: 10.3280/MM2018-001009