Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration

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Edinburgh University Press, 2014 - Political Science - 262 pages
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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.

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Aoileann Ní Mhurchú is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research is located at the intersection of three areas: international migration, contemporary political and philosophical thought, and Citizenship Studies. Her main interest is in exploring various experiences of multi-national belonging--in terms, for example, of fluidity, lack or exclusion--and investigating how these challenge traditional spatio-temporal statist understandings of political subjectivity. She has published in Citizenship Studies and Alternatives: Local, Global, Political and has a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (Routledge, 2014).

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