Print this page

Social citizenship considered both trough the study of social protests and of the application of contemporary political theories (in particular, theories of justice)

The second consideration related to the broadening of the concept of citizenship aims at extending its limits not geographically, but conceptually; by reflecting, from both a normative and sociological point of view, on how to conceive and put into practice social citizenship. By “social citizenship” we mean – following Marshall and Robert Castel – the attribution of socio-economic rights, such as the right to social security.

Several studies are part of this area of research. They deal with the links between justice and responsibility and the different uses of the concept of responsibility. Other reflections will no longer focus on distributive justice but on different forms of reparative justice, especially when they are related to accidents at work or to the damages caused by past discriminations. Several researchers also continue to work on the concept of care and its recognition, on the boundaries between care and justice, and on the institutional expression of these boundaries. Finally, existing investigations, which focus on the controversy between social situations of injustice and the principles used to justify them, will be furthered.

These questions are at the heart of the long-term scientific cooperation that we have established with a network of researchers from the University of South California, United States, which revolves around the questions of “Global Justice” and promotes a critical and comparative approach of this notion. These questions also concern the cooperation between many researchers and laboratories from University Paris 8 and Paris Nanterre, in relation to the issue of spatial justice.