Not life but the world is at stake: Hannah Arendt on citizenship in the age of the social

Owens, Patricia (2012) Not life but the world is at stake: Hannah Arendt on citizenship in the age of the social. Citizenship Studies, 16 (2). pp. 297-307. ISSN 1362-1025

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Abstract

This article evaluates Hannah Arendt’s contribution to ‘thinking citizenship’ in light of her controversial account of the modern rise of ‘the social’. It argues that Arendt’s writing on the social is best understood not primarily as analytical and normative but as an historical argument about the effect of capitalism and modern state administration on meaningful citizenship. This short piece analyses one important element of Arendt’s story about the historical rise of the social: that it is a peculiar hybrid of polis and oikos, a scaled-up form of housekeeping, and its threat to the public, political world.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science
Depositing User: Patricia Owens
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 10:42
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 11:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38887

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