The S.U.V. model of citizenship: Floating bubbles, buffer zones, and the rise of the "purely atomic" individual

Don Mitchell

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Abstract

Recent United States Supreme Court decisions concerning protest outside health clinics that provide abortions, coupled with a new wave of "aggressive panhandling" ordinances being adopted by American cities, indicate that Courts and lawmakers are creating a new model of citizenship. This model is marked by a radical individualism and extreme libertarianism based on transformed property relations. Courts are finding that individuals have an innate "right to be left alone" in public space - a strong departure from early jurisprudence which restricted that right to be left alone to private property. These recent decisions and laws suggest the development of a model of citizenship quite at odds with the cosmopolitan, associational citizenship theorized and promoted by many political theorists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-100
Number of pages24
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume24
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2005

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Legal geography
  • Protest
  • Rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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