‘Noncitizenship’, if it is considered at all, is generally seen only as the negation or deprivation of citizenship. It is rarely examined in its own right, whether in relation to States, to noncitizens, or citizens. This means that it is difficult to examine successfully the status of noncitizens, obligations towards them, and the nature of their role in political systems. As a result, not only are there theoretical black holes, but also the real world difficulties created as a result of noncitizenship are not currently successfully addressed. In response, Theorising Noncitizenship seeks to define the theoretical challenge that noncitizenship presents and to consider why it should be seen as a foundational concept in social science. The contributions, from leading scholars in the field and across disciplinary backgrounds, capture a diversity of perspectives on the meaning, position and lived experience of noncitizenship. They demonstrate that, we need to look beyond citizenship in order to take noncitizenship seriously and to capture fully the lived realities of the contemporary State system. This book was previously published as a special issue of Citizenship Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Theorising noncitizenship: concepts, debates and challenges
Katherine Tonkiss and Tendayi Bloom
2. Assembling noncitizenship through the work of conditionality
Patricia Landolt and Luin Goldring
3. Unequal access to human rights: the categories of noncitizenship
David Weissbrodt and Michael Divine
4. The business of noncitizenship
5. Rooted displacement: the paradox of belonging among stateless people
Kristy A. Belton
6. Citizenship and inclusion: rethinking the analytical category of noncitizenship
7. Contractualization, depoliticization and the limits of solidarity: noncitizens in contemporary Australia
8. These fine lines: locating noncitizenship in political protest in Europe
Heather L. Johnson
Katherine Tonkiss is a Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at the School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University. She is interested in the ethics of migration, immigration policy, and post-national theories of citizenship.
Tendayi Bloom is Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer on the Global Justice Program, Yale University. Her work examines the nature of justice in the relationships between noncitizens, stateless persons and States.