The introduction begins with a description of the ‘Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performance’ research project from which this collection emanates. It situates the collection in the time and space of the global present, and explains how the book describes the challenges of the immigration crisis, ‘terrorism’, and right-wing governments in a time of neoliberalism. It argues that public performances of gendered citizenship are central to the political efficacy of both the practice of citizenship and its suppression. In the main part of the chapter, we offer first an overview of our version of feminist citizenship theory, then explain more about the connections that link performance and citizenship, and examine the role of representation in constructing and manifesting citizenship. We also preview the categories under which we have collected these essays.
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