Between Empires: Rethinking Identity and Citizenship in the Context of Globalization

  • Michael A. Peters
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter addresses the question of rethinking citizenship within the context of globalization. It accepts the proposition that we are between two different historical periods characterized by forms of empire: essentially the nineteenth-century imperialism of the European powers and the American decentred system of global rule of the twenty-first century. This chapter focuses on the latter by contrasting two competing and influential conceptions of the ‘new imperialism’ that have emerged recently to focus on questions of international security, world order and the evolving system of states. Questions of globalization, national identity and citizenship are transformed when raised in this new geopolitical context.


Foreign Policy World Order Global Citizenship European Power Global Rule 
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