Authoritarian Citizenship: A Paradox?

Dans le cadre du groupe de recherche Migrations et mobilités du CERI, intervention de Diana Fu (University of Toronto) : “Authoritarian Citizenship: A Paradox?”

Date

  • Jeudi 7 novembre 2019, 10h -12h

Lieu

  • CERI – Salle Jean Monnet (RdC)
    56 rue Jacob – 75006 Paris

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Abstract

The concept of citizenship has long been associated with democratic states. Yet, ordinary people in authoritarian states also engage in a range of citizenship performances, from begging officials to intervene to protesting for rights.   How should we conceptualize authoritarian forms of citizenship?  What does it mean to be a “good citizen” versus a “bad citizen” in France and China?   Taking China as a country case study, the presentation will focus on what it means to be a “bad citizen” in the world’s most powerful authoritarian state.  Based on a study of televised confessions in contemporary China, the study  interrogates why authoritarian rulers produce ritualized public confessions.   These televised confessions reveal how the state constitute and propagate images of undesirable citizens—political dissidents, petty criminals, and other boundary-pushers.  The seminar invites participants to engage in an open-ended discussion of citizenship practices in comparative perspective: is authoritarian citizenship truly a paradoxical concept? 

Introduction on authoritarian citizenship by Chloé Froissart (Université de Rennes 2, associée CCJ-CECMC) and Hélène Thiollet (Sciences Po – CERI / CNRS)

Discussion of “good” versus “bad” citizenship in comparative perspective by Nonna Mayer (Sciences Po – CEE).

Responsables scientifiques : Hélène Le Bail, Hélène Thiollet, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Stéphanie Latt.

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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