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.
- Legal geography
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- Geography, Planning and Development
- Sociology and Political Science