Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration
By Aoileann Ní Mhurchú
Published by Edinburgh University Press
‘Few studies rethink citizenship with the creativity, imagination, and nuance of this book. Aoileann Ní Mhurchú investigates the politics of citizenship in relation to the struggles of intergenerational migrants, and reveals the value of seemingly fragile, impermanent and transient forms of political subjectivity. Highly recommended.’
– Peter Nyers, McMaster University
‘This book builds on the challenges posed by recent critical analyses of citizenship. It shows not only that many contemporary forms of citizenship exceed national and territorial boundaries but, more significantly, resist the conventional opposition between claims to particular citizenships and claims to a common humanity. It does so by treating citizenship as both process and experience, especially in relation to intergenerational migration. It is a compelling and provocative intervention.’
– R.B.J Walker, University of Victoria, Canada, and PUB- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About the Book
Many people see citizenship in a globalised world in terms of binaries: inclusion/exclusion, past/present, particularism/universalism. Aoileann Ní Mhurchú points out the limitations of these positions and argues that we need to be able to take into account the people who get caught between these traditional categories.
Using critical resources found in poststructural, psychoanalytic and postcolonial thought, Ní Mhurchú thinks in new ways about citizenship, drawing on a range of thinkers including Kristeva, Bhabha and Foucault. Taking a distinctive theoretical approach, she shows how citizenship is being reconfigured beyond these categories.
Provides a new framework for thinking about the limitations of current citizenship scholarship
Links existing insights on intergenerational migration with new literature on citizenship through empirical research
Develops a new way of thinking about the increasingly discontinuous and fragmented nature of citizenship through the concept of trace
Contributes to the growing interdisciplinary field of critical citizenship studies (CCS), which is exploring new forms of citizenship in a globalised world
About the Author
Aoileann Ní Mhurchú is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research is located at the intersection of three areas: citizenship studies, international migration and contemporary political and philosophical thought. Visit Aoileann’s research profile.
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