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Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative

Amy L. Brandzel


Numerous activists and scholars have appealed for rights, inclusion, and justice in the name of “citizenship.” This book shows that there is nothing redeemable about citizenship, nothing worth salvaging or sustaining in the name of “community” practice, or belonging. According to the book, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives seem commonsensical, logical, and even necessary. The book argues that whenever we work on behalf of citizenship, whenever we work toward including more types of peoples under its reign, we inevitably reify th ... More

Keywords: citizenship, same-sex marriage law, hate crime legislation, Native Hawaiian sovereignty, racialization, settler colonialism, racism, sexism, heterosexism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040030
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy L. Brandzel, author
University of New Mexico