Definition of Outlaw Citizenship
Outlaw citizenship is when citizens eschew normative means of citizen participation, such as speaking at government meetings, for nontraditional and often confrontational activities such as protests and online organizing.
When citizens want their governments to hear them and they have a door literally or figuratively shut in their faces, many of them will resort to less traditional forms of citizen participation in the political process. This less-than-orthodox form of citizen participation that includes protests and online organizing is known as “outlaw citizenship” (as cited by King and Nank 2015).
Outlaw citizenship, as termed by American public administration scholars Cheryl S. King, at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and Renee Nank, of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2015), happens when citizens eschew traditional means of citizen participation such...
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