'Hyper Citizenship' and the Evolution of a Global Identity
Journal of Sociological Research, 2013, Vol. 4, No.2
18 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2015
Date Written: October 24, 2013
The idea of the paper moves from the consideration of autonomous agents and global flows eventually converging by means of autopoietic systems. This work reframes the topic of the reconfiguration in the evolving social scenarios within Pitasi’s concept of Hypercitizenship, sketched out by designing a muldimensional and multipolar convergence among different kinds of citizenship. With its four conceptual dimensions, Hypercitizenship, features the strategic attitude of those areas in which capitalism is turning into turbogenetic capitalism. Its main features are the following: Cosmopolitan, scientific, societarian and entrepreneurial. The Hypercitizenship concept is focused on the fact that communication about key challenges of our times is increasingly meaning communication and public understanding of science and technology for governance and policymaking on a global, glocal and cosmopolitan scale. From this point of view, law becomes one of the à la carte products to be bought by browsing a global "catalogue" (Mundus) surfing on a technological global platform (Globus) of which the internet is the best metaphor and which can be seen as the most important platform for convergence developments and as a driver of several, key, changes. This new media platform is cosmopolitan and glocal while the mass media often still fall into the methodological nationalism trap. Indeed, the emerging scenarios are more and more shaped by supranational (UN, EU, NAFTA) or multinational (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s…) entities and by new localisms which cannot survive outside a global network. Thus, the emerging glocality is witnessing that the “national state” citizenship is too big - bureaucratically speaking - but too small - in competitive terms - to be strategic in the merging scenarios. Hence, the importance of a new conception of citizenship in the glocal age is rising, which we refer to as “Hypercitizenship”.
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