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Colonial Citizenship and Everyday Transnationalism

An Immigrant’s Story, 1st Edition

By Alexandria J. Innes


136 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book uncovers the contradictions and convergences of racism, decolonisation, migration and living international relations that were shaped by the shift from colonialism to postcolonialism and from nationalism to transnationalism between the 1950s and the present.

It takes up the story of Nicholaos Charalambou Kanaris, a colonial migrant to the UK from Cyprus, as a reflection on how the everyday lives of minor figures offer an unexplored window into international relations. The research uncovers and offers insight into the complexities and messiness of everyday life and of (trans)national identities as they are lived and have been lived at the heart of imperial, colonial and postcolonial systems and processes. The innovative methodological approach adopts memoirs gathered through a series of life-narrative interviews and is guided by theories of minor transnationalism that look to foreground horizontal relations between minor figures. Various themes of international relations are examined through the lens of Nicholaos’ story and his family life, including colonialism, geopolitics, citizenship, security, migration and transnationalism. Examining how these themes play out in everyday life permits his practice and lived experience to theorise the international politics of colonialism, migration and citizenship.

This book argues that Politics and International Relations can benefit from a transnational approach and offers a method of theory-in-practice for exploring the everyday experience of transnationalism, through the methodology of life-narrative and memoir.

Table of Contents


Part I: Colonial Migration; Becoming Transnational

Excerpt 1: The stock I come from

1. The Global and Local Politics of Everyday Life in 1950s Famagusta

Excerpt 2: Improvise to survive

2. Colonial Subjectivity, Colonial Immigration, and National Identity

Excerpt 3: Going down the pits

3. Ontological Security, Affective Environments and the Future

Part II: Transnational Family Life

4. Theorising the Transnational Family in International Relations

5. Transnational Citizenship: From Wallsend to Paphos


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About the Author

Alexandria J. Innes is currently a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of East Anglia, having received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Kansas. She returned to the UK in 2013 after eight years of living in the USA. Alexandria grew up in the North East of England, spending lengthy summers in the care of her grandparents in Paphos, Cyprus, and this book represents a deeply personal project. This is her second book exploring themes of migration using experiential and ethnographic research methods. Her research focus is at the intersection of security studies and migration studies with an interest in gender and security, and in postcolonial citizenship and security. Alexandria has published research in various academic outlets, including International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Geopolitics and International Relations. She has also contributed to public debate on European migration via various media outlets including the BBC, National Public Radio in the US, and at Her current project in progress continues her focus on migration journeys, examining the convergences and overlaps among human trafficking, human smuggling, and the undocumented crossing of borders by people seeking asylum.

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