Lived Citizenship for Persons in Vulnerable Life Situations

This Open Access book brings together a variety of articles on citizenship for people with multiple impairments.

Editors: Kirsten Jæger Fjetland, Anita Gjermestad and Inger Marie Lid

This book is the result of contributions from the interdisciplinary research group ‘Citizenship’ hosted at the Faculty of Health Studies at VID Specialized University, Norway. The aim of the research group is to explore and enhance citizenship through theoretical as well as empirical studies. 

The need for care and welfare services puts elderly people and persons with intellectual disabilities, chronic conditions and dementia in vulnerable situations. How are they recognized as citizens with rights and duties? 

In this book, the challenges and resources for persons in vulnerable life situations are made visible through a relational and rights-based perspective of citizenship. 

The book brings together contributions from scholars and researchers in the broad field of interdisciplinary disability and citizenship studies, as well as graduate students. The chapters are based on the authors’ studies of lived citizenship in different contexts within professional health and welfare practices and the everyday life of citizens in vulnerable life situations in Norway.

Read more about the Citizenship research group and the Citizen's Project (CitPro) at:

The Open Access book can be read via the publishers at:

The material in this publication is covered by the Norwegian Copyright Act and published open access under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 licence.

Paper | 20.07.22

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Anita Gjermestad


Coordinator of Citizen Network Norway

Kirsten Jaeger Fjetland


Coordinator of Citizen Network Norway

Simon Duffy


President of Citizen Network

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