The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary



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  1. Tanya Boza Tanya Boza says:

    The purpose of The Citizen and the Alien is to move forward a conversation between the inward looking and boundary conscious approaches to citizenship Bosniak advocates for bringing alienage into the conversation about citizenship She contends discussions about the dimensions of citizenship within a nation s borders must also take the border into account A foundational book in the area of citizenship studies.


  2. sdw sdw says:

    I discovered The Citizen and The Alienafter calling my friend Jessica seeking to sort out the many conflicted definitions of citizenship that co existed in my brain as I sought to understand what citizenship meant in the context of my dissertation Jessica s advice was two fold rewrite my project description without using the word citizenship, and read Linda Bosniak s book Her advice was excellent The Citizen and The Alienfirst seeks to sort out and describe the many conflicting understand I discovered The Citizen and The Alienafter calling my friend Jessica seeking to sort out the many conflicted definitions of citizenship that co existed in my brain as I sought to understand what citizenship meant in the context of my dissertation Jessica s advice was two fold rewrite my project description without using the word citizenship, and read Linda Bosniak s book Her advice was excellent The Citizen and The Alienfirst seeks to sort out and describe the many conflicting understandings of citizenship that exist within citizenship studies, history, literature, legal studies, and political science, to name just a few of the disciplines employing citizenship as a buzz word these days By and large she situates the conflict between the regulation of immigrants at the border and the rights afforded non citizen immigrants within the United States She focuses predominantly on critiquing this model of hard on the outside soft on the inside government regulation of citizenship She criticizes attempts by liberal scholars to find a solution to the crises of alienage by asserting that such a model cannot properly exist The person of the alien carries the regulation of the border into the center of society She says that we are always left with alienage because there is no way to clearly distinguish between the regulation of citizenship at the border and the regulation of citizenship within the border Her book offers excellent analysis of the legal history of citizenship, including articulating discussing several important supreme court cases She discusses the possibility of citizenship as the basis for constitutional law rather than personhood based constitutional rights and the shortcomings of such an approach The book s clear language was a definite strength It is a fairly short book 140 pages but paints an excellent picture of citizenship studies One thing striking to me was the way she employed the term alien citizen very differently from the way I use it I borrow alien citizen from the work of Mae Ngai who Bosniak draws from as well in her larger project Ngai uses alien citizen to mean one who is legally a citizen but whose citizenship status is not recognized by other members of the nation and or by the state example would be the repatriation of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression of the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II Bosniak uses alien citizenship to discuss the possibilities of granting citizenship rights to aliens


  3. Lydia Lydia says:

    Brilliant overview on the rhetoric of citizenship


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The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership [Read] ➪ The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership ➲ Linda Bosniak – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Citizenship presents two faces Within a political community it stands for inclusion and universalism, but to outsiders, citizenship means exclusion Because these aspects of citizenship appear spatiall and the Kindle Ö Citizenship presents two faces Within a political community it stands for inclusion and universalism, but to outsiders, The Citizen PDF/EPUB ² citizenship means exclusion Because these aspects of citizenship appear spatially and jurisdictionally separate, they are usually regarded as Citizen and the MOBI ô complementary In fact, the inclusionary and exclusionary dimensions of citizenship dramatically collide within the territory of the nation state, creating multiple contradictions when it comes to the class of people the law calls aliens transnational migrants with a status short of full citizenship Examining alienage and alienage law in all of its complexities, The Citizen and the Alien explores the dilemmas of inclusion and exclusion inherent in the practices and institutions of citizenship in liberal democratic societies, especially the United States In doing so, it offers an important new perspective on the changing meaning of citizenship in a world of highly porous borders and increasing transmigration As a particular form of noncitizenship, alienage represents a powerful lens through which to examine the meaning of citizenship itself, argues Linda Bosniak She uses alienage to examine the promises and limits of the equal citizenship ideal that animates many constitutional democracies In the process, she shows how core features of globalization serve to shape the structure of legal and social relationships at the very heart of national societies.