Citizens of Nowhere

How Europe Can be Saved from Itself

Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

Citizens of Nowhere

Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

Distributed for Zed Books

192 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781786993694 Published June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
From austerity to climate change, the slogan “not in our name” has become a rallying cry for protest movements around the world. But in what name are we willing to act, if such movements are ever to move beyond indignation to effecting meaningful change?

In a text that is both manifesto and blueprint for change, activists Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese argue that we are in the middle of a great transformation, one which is fundamentally redefining the nature of both the economy and political participation. But our democracies have so far failed to keep pace with the impact of globalization and technological change, creating a profound sense of dislocation, which has left many of us feeling like “citizens of nowhere.”

Drawing on the experiences of activists and movements across Europe, and offering practical lessons on how change might be effected, Marsili and Milanese show that it is possible to conquer widespread disillusionment and energize a new generation of activists. In the process, they outline a new and rejuvenated vision of democracy, one which transcends national borders, and in which the citizens of nowhere are transformed into citizens of the world
Review Quotes
Mary Kaldor, founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament and the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly
“This is a book for our time. An illuminating, coherent, and gripping story of what we are living through, with a hopeful ending.”
Engin Isin, author of Citizens without Frontiers
“This stunning book deftly overturns the idea that unless we have nation-state citizenship, we are citizens of nowhere. The result is an eloquent, passionate, and brilliant plea that asks for a practical and creative response to our predicament.”
Susan George, author of Shadow Sovereigns and Whose Crisis, Whose Future?
“Sharp, short, and unshackled, Marsili and Milanese show that if the EU is ever to become a genuine democracy, it will be  because ordinary citizens have understood that we need a refresher course in the practice of liberté, egalité, and fraternité, and are coming together everywhere to ensure it.”
Ulrike Guerot, founder and director of the European Democracy Lab
“Milanese and Marsili have their finger on the pulse of Europe, and this engaging book comes at a crucial moment in time, as Europe prepares for Brexit. A must-read for all those who dream of a different, democratic, and social Europe.”
Philippe Van Parijs, cofounder of the Basic Income Earth Network
“To regain control over our countries, we must organize across their borders. Instructed by the experience of European Alternatives, this book shows us how. To read it is to rediscover hope.”
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