Assembling citizenship: sexualities education, micropolitics and the becoming-citizen

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2019. Assembling citizenship: sexualities education, micropolitics and the becoming-citizen. Sociology, 53 (4), pp. 689-706. ISSN 0038-0385

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This article suggests that citizenship should be seen not as a status to be acquired, lost or refused by an individual. Rather it is an emergent and relational capacity produced and reproduced in everyday material interactions, across a spectrum of activities from work to lifestyle practices. We examine one example of such a material interaction: the engagements that young people have with sexualities education. To aid this endeavour, we apply a new materialist, relational framework that addresses the micropolitical interactions between humans and non-human materialities. Using data from two studies of sexualities education, we assess how the capacities produced during sexualities education interactions – such as a capacity to express specific sexual desires or to manage fertility proactively – contribute inter alia to young people's 'becoming-citizen'. Informed by this analysis, we argue that sociology may usefully apply a bottom–up model of citizenship as becoming, constituted materially from diverse engagements.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sociology
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: Sage
Date: August 2019
Volume: 53
Number: 4
ISSN: 0038-0385
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Feb 2020 12:48
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 12:48

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