I am working on a PhD dissertation (monograph) on good citizenship in Scandinavia. In my research, I explore how citizens (re)construct, negotiate and contest norms of good citizenship in Norway and Denmark. I focus specifically on the aspect of active citizenship and how citizens’ understandings and practices of civic engagement impact their evaluations of who ‘counts’ as a good citizen and what ‘counts’ as a legitimate contribution to society.
My study is ethnographic, and consists of life history interviews, expert interviews and focus group discussions with more than 120 individuals in five different neighborhoods in Oslo and Copenhagen. I draw inspiration from feminist and human geography literature on citizenship.
The study finds that the ideal of the good and active citizen is widespread among my interlocutors, carrying intersecting classed, gendered, racialized and spatial connotations. Moreover, active citizenship has a dual meaning in my material. On the one hand, it is a disciplining practice where my interlocutors expect of themselves and of others to engage in specific, desirable ways. On the other hand, active citizenship is also contested, where my interlocutors, most particularly those occupying minority positions, question the exclusionary ideal of the good citizen and argue for the recognition of ‘private’ and ‘invisible’ ways of contributing to society.
I hold a Master of Arts in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation, from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In my published master thesis, I explore empirically how second generation female migrants in Norway negotiate their identities and give new form and content to belonging beyond the nation-state and family contexts.
I have published newsletters in connection to the research project that I am part of "Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies".
Horst, Cindy; Noor Jdid & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Rethinking the ‘Good Citizen’, PRIO Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: PRIO.
Mahmoud, Noor Jdid (2013) Twisting Identity and Belonging beyond Dichotomies. The Case of Second Generation Female Migrants in Norway (LIT Academic Publishing)
Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (PRIO, Oct 2014 - present)