Industrial citizenship, cosmopolitanism and European integration
In European Journal of Social Theory Volume 18 Issue 1
There has been an explosion of interest in the idea of European Union citizenship in recent
years, as a defining example of postnational cosmopolitan citizenship potentially replacing
or layered on top of national citizenship. We argue this form of EU citizenship undermines
industrial citizenship, which is a crucial support for social solidarity on which other types of
citizenship are based. Because industrial citizenship arises from collectivities based on
class identities and national institutions, it depends on the national territorial order and the
social closure inherent in it. EU citizenship in its 'postnational'form is realized through
practices of mobility, placing it in tension with bounded class-based collectivities. Though
practices of working-class cosmopolitanism may give rise to a working-class consciousness,
the fragmented nature of this vision impedes the development of transnational class.
This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.