Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Practice of Global Citizenship

$124.00 (P)

Award Winner
  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199360

$ 124.00 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • In this novel account of global citizenship, Luis Cabrera argues that all individuals have a global duty to contribute directly to human rights protections and to promote rights-enhancing political integration between states. The Practice of Global Citizenship blends careful moral argument with compelling narratives from field research among unauthorized immigrants, activists seeking to protect their rights, and the ‘Minuteman' activists striving to keep them out. Immigrant-rights activists, especially those conducting humanitarian patrols for border-crossers stranded in the brutal Arizona desert, are shown as embodying aspects of global citizenship. Unauthorized immigrants themselves are shown to be enacting a form of global ‘civil' disobedience, claiming the economic rights central to the emerging global normative charter, while challenging the restrictive membership regimes that are the norm in the current global system. Cabrera also examines the European Union, seeing it as a crucial laboratory for studying the challenges inherent in expanding citizen membership.

    • Proposes a concrete and comprehensive conception of global citizenship
    • Original field research tells the stories of unauthorized immigrants, immigrant rights and anti-immigration activists, and offers a valuable insight into how human rights and global justice issues play out in real-world contexts
    • Provides a means of matching individual duties to universal human rights
    Read more


    • Winner of the 2011 Yale H. Ferguson Book Award, International Studies Association, Northeast

    Reviews & endorsements

    “An outstanding contribution to our understanding of cosmopolitanism, global justice, and human rights. Drawing on his rich and insightful field research among unauthorized immigrants and activists, Cabrera compellingly illuminates the myriad practices of global citizenship actively taking shape within the current international system.”
    – Patrick Hayden, University of St Andrews

    “A challenging, innovative account of the responsibilities and practice of global citizenship. An excellent and important book for anyone interested in cosmopolitanism, immigration, global justice, or the institutional transformations that would yield vast improvements for so many who suffer needlessly under our current arrangements.”
    – Gillian Brock, University of Auckland

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199360
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Concerns:
    1. Global citizenship as individual cosmopolitanism
    2. Rights, duties, and global institutions
    3. Defining and distributing duties
    Part II. Global Citizenship in Practice:
    4. Minutemen and desert samaritans: citizenship practice in conflict
    5. Mobile global citizens
    6. Global citizen duties within less-affluent states
    Part III. Advocacy and Institutions:
    7. Regional citizenship and global citizenship
    8. Advocacy duties and global democracy
    9. Education and motivation for global citizenship
    Conclusion: the practice of global citizenship.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Citizen of the World
    • Citizenship
    • Global Citizenship
    • Global social problems
    • International Studies Senior Seminar
  • Author

    Luis Cabrera, University of Birmingham
    Luis Cabrera is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Birmingham, where he also serves as an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics. He has published widely on issues of global justice, and is a leading scholar in the recent resurgence of systematic thought on global political integration.


    • Winner of the 2011 Yale H. Ferguson Book Award, International Studies Association, Northeast

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.