New LSE IQ podcast: What does it really mean to be a citizen?


Citizenship. What does that word really signify? For some, it can mean access to political, legal, health and economic securities. For others, it can be a barrier to carving out a secure life.

This episode of LSE IQ takes a look at the issue in all its complexities, uncovering how decisions made by a 19th century West African Gola ruler connect to today’s Liberian land ownership laws; why British citizenship became racialised in the decades following the second world war – legislation that led to the Windrush Scandal, devastating the lives of hundreds of black Britons; and how Bolivian migrants in the present day have struggled to create new lives in Chile.  

To understand more about the many ways citizenship can impact our lives, Jess Winterstein spoke to LSE experts Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey, Dr Ian Sanjay Patel and Dr Megan Ryburn.

Listen to this episode on the LSE Player or search for LSE IQ on your favourite podcast app. We’re also now available on Spotify and Audible.