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Obligation and Ecological Citizenship

Smith, Mark J. (2005). Obligation and Ecological Citizenship. Environments, 33(3) pp. 9–23.

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Abstract

The debate on environmental and ecological citizenship provides an important opportunity to explore the relations between ethical and political discourses and how ideas of moral community and political community are articulated. Two options have emerged: 1) grounding citizenship in the application of a specific approach from environmental ethics to the normative conduct of politics; 2) drawing on conventional conceptions of the political community in order to establish ecological citizenship (squeezing the gap between ‘law and justice’). This article challenges both, considering how the elements articulated through ‘modes of citizenship’ regulate the production of meaning on entitlements and obligations and generate ‘subject positions’ in which individuals can invest their identities. Citizenship is an ethico-political space where the right, the good and the virtuous are subject to deliberation. Conceptions of community, justice, rights, obligations and citizenship need reappraisal to provide an adequate vocabulary to address the difficulties created by contemporary environmental problems.

Le debat sur la citoyennete environnementale et ecologique offre une excellente occasion d'explorer les relations entre les discours ethique et politique et la maniere dont s'articulent les idees de communaute morale et de communaute politique. Deux options en sont ressorties: 1. lier la citoyennete a l'application d'une approche specifique, de l'ethique environnementale a l'exercice normatif de la politique; 2. se fonder sur des conceptions conventionnelles de la communaute politique afin d'etablir une citoyennete ecologique (retrecir l'ecart entre >). L'auteur de cet article remet ces deux options en question, en prenant en consideration la maniere dont les elements articules par le biais de > regissent la production de sens relativement aux droits et aux obligations et engendrent des > dans lesquelles les individus peuvent investir leur identite. La citoyennete est un espace ethico-politique ou le bien, le bon et le vertueux peuvent faire I'objet de debats. Les concepts de collectivite, de justice, de droits, d'obligation et de citoyennete doivent etre reevalues afin de disposer d'un vocabulaire approprie permettant d'aborder les difficultes engendrees par les problemes environnementaux contemporains.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0711-6780
Keywords: Ecological citizenship; political/moral community; obligations; agonistic democracy; justice, virtues; cosmopolitanism;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 12170
Depositing User: Mark J. Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2008 20:09
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 15:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12170
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