Understanding Statelessness offers a comprehensive, in-depth examination of statelessness. The volume presents the theoretical, legal and political concept of statelessness through the work of leading critical thinkers in this area. They offer a critique of the existing framework through detailed and theoretically-based scrutiny of challenging contexts of statelessness in the real world and suggest ways forward.
The volume is divided into three parts. The first, ‘Defining Statelessness’, features chapters exploring conceptual issues in the definition of statelessness. The second, ‘Living Statelessness’, uses case studies of statelessness contexts from States across global regions to explore the diversity of contemporary lived realities of statelessness and to interrogate standard theoretical presentations. ‘Theorising Statelessness’, the final part, approaches the theorisation of statelessness from a variety of theoretical perspectives, building upon the earlier sections. All the chapters come together to suggest a rethinking of how we approach statelessness. They raise questions and seek answers with a view to contributing to the development of a theoretical approach which can support more just policy development.
Throughout the volume, readers are encouraged to connect theoretical concepts, real-world accounts and challenging analyses. The result is a rich and cohesive volume which acts as both a state-of-the-art statement on statelessness research and a call to action for future work in the field. It will be of great interest to graduates and scholars of political theory, human rights, law and international development, as well as those looking for new approaches to thinking about statelessness.
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Understanding Statelessness
Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss and Phillip Cole
Part I: Defining Statelessness
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Chapter 2: Worthy of Rights: Statelessness as a Cause and Symptom of Marginalisation
Lindsey N Kingston
Chapter 3: Contexts of Statelessness: The Concepts ‘Statelessness In Situ’ and ‘Statelessness in the Migratory Context’
Chapter 4: Unpacking Statelessness
Laura van Waas and Amal de Chickera
Chapter 5: The State and the Stateless: the Legacy of Hannah Arendt Reconsidered
Part II: Living Statelessness
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Chapter 6: Challenging the disunity of statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa
Zahra Albarazi and Jason Tucker
Chapter 7: Race-based Statelessness in the Dominican Republic
Chapter 8: Statelessness, Ungoverned Spaces and Security in Kenya
Oscar Gakuo Mwangi
Photograph- Greg Constantine
Chapter 9: Citizenship, Gender and Statelessness in Nepal
Subin Mulmi and Sara Shneiderman
Chapter 10: Members of Colonised Groups, Statelessness, and the Right to Have Rights
Chapter 11: Recognition, nationality, and statelessness: State-based challenges for UNHCR’s plan to end statelessness
Part III: Theorising Statelessness
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Chapter 12: Why End Statelessness?
Chapter 13: Realising the Rights of Stateless Persons: The Doctrine of Fiduciary Duty and the Role of Municipal Government
Chapter 14: The Right to Family: Protecting Stateless Children
Patti Tamara Lenard
Chapter 15: Statelessness and the Performance of Citizenship-As-Nationality
Chapter 16: Insider Theory and the Construction of Statelessness
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Tendayi Bloom is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University, UK.
Phillip Cole is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of West of England, UK.
Katherine Tonkiss is a Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University, UK.
Featured Author Profiles
'This book offers timely analysis on many of the key questions confronting stakeholders working on statelessness, and will be an invaluable resource for a growing global civil society coalition committed to tackling the problem' – Chris Nash, Director, European Network on Statelessness
‘This outstanding book, enriched by a collective as well as separate and insightful chapters by its editors and incisive chapters by its distinguished contributors, illuminates both theoretical and practical aspects of statelessness as the dark side of modernity.’ - Engin Isin, Professor of International Politics, School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
'It is fundamental reading for graduates and scholars of migration, human rights, political theory, law and international development. The effort of the editors and authors to bring an exceptional publication on such an important topic deserves praise. This book is thought-provoking and worthy of reading especially for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the many contexts and conditions of statelessness.' Juliana da Penha, freelance journalist and community worker developing various projects with migrant communities in Italy and Scotland