Tesis profesional presentada por Danielle Alejandra García Ramírez

Licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales. Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencias Políticas. Escuela de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de las Américas Puebla.

Jurado Calificador

Presidente: Dr. Marco Aurelio Fernando Carlos Almazán St. Hill
Vocal y Director: Dra. Emma Rebecca Norman
Secretario: Dr. Leandro Rodríguez Medina

Cholula, Puebla, México a 7 de mayo de 2009.


Globalisation has had an important role in the transformations on the normative and practical concepts of citizenship, especially when the notion of citizenship is exclusively conceived as delimited to bounded communities - modern nationstates.

The world contains a myriad of defined and diffused meanings, where politics has taken an important role within a globalised world context. This has made thus the quest for identity building and political practice within and beyond the nation-state borders become even more relevant today than before - so the construction of concepts of disaggregated notions of citizenship such as global citizenship.

I hope this thesis contributes to show that global ethics can be usefully approached in terms of something IR scholars should, perhaps, be rather more familiar with the concept, and practice, of citizenship. The concept I give for global citizenship in this thesis will try to shed some little light on the ethical and practical relationship between the citizen and the state; and how our view of political community could be enhanced, and perhaps challenged, within a context of an international system of nation-states.

The term ?global? I give to citizenship throughout this thesis relates to the practice of citizenship in diverse and multiple public spaces. For supporting this idea, brief expositions of some theoretical, ethical, and practical approaches on citizenship are displayed with the intent, on the one hand, to explain how the porousness of borders and territoriality can feed into new conceptions of citizenship which are not attached to the nation-state, and these in a disaggregated notion of global citizenship. On the other, they also aim to re-assess how and where the boundaries of political communities are to be set up today. These two analytical standpoints will embody the core endeavour of constructing a plausible and meaningful concept of citizenship in the 21st century.

Table of content

Portada (archivo pdf, 54 kb)

Agradecimientos (archivo pdf, 44 kb)

Índices (archivo pdf, 86 kb)

Introduction (archivo pdf, 182 kb)

  • 1 International Relations and the Contextual Approach
  • 2 Particular Problems: The Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Challenges of Global Citizenship
  • 3 Central Problematic and Purpose, and Main Hypothesis
  • 4 Division of Chapters

Capítulo 1. Changing Paradigms of Citizenship: Toward the Construction of a Global Citizenship (archivo pdf, 319 kb)

  • 1.0 The Liberal Account: Thin Citizenship as a Passive Status
  • 1.1 The Shifting Modern-Liberal Citizenship Paradigm
  • 1.2 Active Citizenship: Politics, Public Space and Inter-Action
  • 1.3 Globalisation and the Postmodern Paradigm: Post-national Citizenship and Agonistic Pluralism
  • 1.4 Conclusion: Re-imagining Citizenship: Problems of Imaging and Performing Global Citizenship

Capítulo 2. Global Citizenship and the Democratic Process for Constructing ´Global´ Political Boundaries (archivo pdf, 268 kb)

  • 2.1 Re-assessing the Modern-Liberal Notion of Political Community
  • 2.2 The Cosmopolitan Moral and Democratic Global Citizenship
  • 2.3 Constructing Political Boundaries: The Deliberative Democratic Approach and Cosmopolitan Norms toward the Practice of Global Citizenship
  • 2.4 Conclusion: Toward the Practice and Implementation of Global Citizenship

Capítulo 3. Global Citizenship: From the Global Public and Cosmopolitan Governance to ´Global´ Democratic Iterations (archivo pdf, 287 kb)

  • 3.1 Making a Global Public Human Rights and Moral Cosmopolitanism as the Normative Ground of Global Citizenship
  • 3.2 The Practice of Global Citizenship: Contesting Cosmopolitan Global Democracy as Global Governance Reforms
  • 3.3 Action in Multi-tier ´Global´ Publics: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Democratic Iterations as the Normative Ground and Democratic Practice of Global Citizenship
  • 3.4 Conclusion: ´Global´ Citizenship: Multi-spatial Milieus for Political and Democratic Action

Capítulo 4. Conclusion (archivo pdf, 103 kb)

Referencias (archivo pdf, 155 kb)

García Ramírez, D. A. 2009. Toward a Concept of Global Citizenship in the 21st Century: Multi-Spatial Milieus of Political and Democratic Action. Tesis Licenciatura. Relaciones Internacionales. Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencias Políticas, Escuela de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Mayo. Derechos Reservados © 2009.