New book: Within and beyond citizenship

Edited by IRiS deputy director Nando Sigona and Harvard professor Roberto G. Gonzales, Within and Beyond Citizenship offers critical and ethnographically vivid perspectives on the migration and citizenship nexus.

We are pleased to share the Introduction (pdf) to Within & beyond citizenship: Borders, membership and belonging. Gonzales and Sigona offer their thoughts and insights for new direction in critical migration studies research.

To find out more about the background to the book, read this joint interview with the editors. Here you can have also a preview to the whole book.

For a discounted (30% off) ebook, visit Routledge page.

Reviews of the book:

“Within and Beyond Citizenship assembles a stellar cast of scholars to examine crucial issues of citizenship, membership, and related forms of inclusion and exclusion across geographical spaces. Its focus on the emotions associated with the quotidian expressions of citizenship is as inspiring as are the revelations of strategies of survival, both individual and through social movements. It is necessary reading.” – Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Within and Beyond Citizenship is a rich set of essays that interrogates the traditional binary of (equal) citizens/and (powerless) non-citizens. The authors show that non-citizens, despite their precariousness, participate in political activities that contest state policies and dominant discourses. In so doing, non-citizens contribute to a re-conceptualization of the meaning and practices of citizenship.” – T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Henry Arnhold Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School

“This tightly coordinated collection is, effectively, a handbook for the new critical migration studies. Working a rich seam of theoretical analyses on the ambiguities of societal membership faced by migrants and movers, the authors bring the everyday exclusions and resistances of the illegal, the transient, and the precarious, to the centre of the very notion of citizenship. Chillingly, they show how, as a vector for sovereign power, the enactment of national citizenship today is more often than not a tool of differentiation, stratification and domination.” – Adrian Favell, Chair in Sociology and Social Theory, University of Leeds

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