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Securitizations of Citizenship

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Nyers


212 pages

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Securitizations of Citizenship investigates how the fate of citizenship is now caught up in a dramatic and dangerous process of securitizing political communities. In the nervous state of affairs of the post-9/11 period, technologies of surveillance and control are rapidly proliferating, creating severe constraints for the enactment of citizenship practices. While citizenship has always faced the problem of exclusiveness, the contemporary relationship between security, territory, and population is being transformed in ways that are creating new dynamics of exclusion for citizens, non-citizens, and quasi-citizens alike.

This book assesses a variety of citizenship practices in relation to the emergence of forms of governance that are responsive to – and constitutive of – fears, anxieties, and insecurities in the population. At the same time, the book identifies and assesses citizenship practices for how they can mobilize progressive forces to militate against the nervous, anxious and fearful subjectivities instigated by newly securitized sovereignties. In the critical spaces between inclusion and exclusion, migration and mobility, security and surveillance, reason and neurosis, biopower and sovereign power, the contributors to this book reflect upon the possibilities and constraints for refiguring citizenship today.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Securitizations of Citizenship - Peter Nyers 1: The Neurotic Citizen - Engin F. Isin 2: Secure Borders, Safe Haven, Domopolitics - William Walters 3: Renormalizing Citizenship and Life in Fortress North America - Davina Bhandar 4: (Dis)Qualified Bodies: Securitization, Citizenship and ‘Identity Management’ - Benjamin J. Muller 5: Security, Flexible Sovereignty, and the Perils of Multiple Citizenship - Daiva Stasiulis and Darryl Ross 6: The Accidental Citizen - Peter Nyers 7: Political Belonging in a Neoliberal Era: The Struggle of the Sans-Papiers - Anne McNevin 8: The Production of Culprits: From Deportability to Detainability in the Aftermath of ‘Homeland Security’ - Nicholas De Genova 9: Citizenship for all - Barry Hindess

About the Editor


Peter Nyers is Assistant Professor of the Politics of Citizenship and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. He is the author of Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency and co-editor of Citizenship between Past and Future (both published by Routledge).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General