1st Edition

Protesting Citizenship: Migrant Activisms

Edited By Imogen Tyler, Katarzyna Marciniak Copyright 2014
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What does it mean to state ‘No One is Illegal?’. This rallying call is what unifies migrant protests against exclusionary border regimes around the world, bringing migrants, citizens, `legal` and `illegal` people onto the streets in ever greater numbers. Indeed, the last decade has witnessed an explosion of immigrant protests, political mobilizations by irregular migrants and pro-migrant activists. This edited collection aims to contribute to the growing body of scholarship on migrant resistance movements and to consider the implications of these struggles for critical understandings of citizenship and borders. It offers a rich series of theoretical and political interventions which together explore the tensions between integrationist and autonomous approaches, and between migrant and activist strategies of invisibility and visibility. By bringing immigrant protests to the heart of debates about citizenship, it also extends discussions about the limits and the possibilities of citizenship as the material and conceptual horizon of critical social analysis, political participation and democracy today.

    This book was published as a special issue of Citizenship Studies.

    1. Immigrant protest: an introduction Imogen Tyler and Katarzyna Marciniak 2. Impossible protest: noborders in Calais Joe Rigby and Raphael Schlembach 3. No Border: photo essay Julie Rebouillat 4. After citizenship: autonomy of migration, organisational ontology and mobile commons Dimitris Papadopoulos and Vassilis S. Tsianos 5. Immigrant protests in Toronto: diaspora and Sri Lanka’s civil war Ishan Ashutosh 6. Naked protest: the maternal politics of citizenship and revolt Imogen Tyler 7. Medical aid as protest: acts of citizenship for unauthorized im/migrants and refugees Heide Castañeda 8. Gagging orders: asylum seekers and paradoxes of freedom and protest in liberal society Deirdre Conlon and Nick Gill 9. Legal/illegal: protesting citizenship in Fortress America Katarzyna Marciniak 10. ‘I am an American’: protesting advertised ‘Americanness’ Cynthia Weber


    Imogen Tyler is a Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She has a longstanding interest in activism, protest and resistance and is the author of the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2012).

    Katarzyna Marciniak is Professor of Transnational Studies in the English Department at Ohio University, USA. Katarzyna specializes in the discourses of immigration and foreignness, and is one of the initiators of transnational feminist media studies. She is the author of Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile, and the Logic of Difference (2006), co-author of Streets of Crocodiles: Photography, Media, and Postsocialist Landscapes in Poland (2010), and co-editor of Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (2007).