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Citizenship as absolute space/ citizenship as contingent trace: Exploring how the ‘politics’ of citizenship is theorized

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In considering the growing inter-disciplinary concern with the challenge which migration poses to traditional notions of solidarity and belonging embedded in the concept of ‘citizen’, this paper sets out to explore the possibility that there is a divergence within critical citizenship scholarship with regard to the question itself of how a new ‘politics’ of citizenship should be theorized in this context. Using the distinction which Richard Ashley and Rob Walker drew in 1990 between two possible critical responses to crisis and the question of sovereignty, it argues that two strands of thought can be identified which each produce a different understanding of what it means to become a citizen here. In the first strand ‘citizen’ continues to be articulated in terms of sovereign autonomous subjectivity and thus in terms of horizontal or territorial relations between here and there, us and them, inside and outside. In the second strand ‘citizen’ is (re)articulated in terms of ambiguous paradoxical subjectivity which instead challenges the modern framing of the politics of citizenship as necessarily needing to be conceptualized in terms of absolute space. This divergence is explored through the lens of the 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendum.

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Ni Mhurchu, Aoileann. "Citizenship as absolute space/ citizenship as contingent trace: Exploring how the ‘politics’ of citizenship is theorized" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, The Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Feb 17, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p412982_index.html>

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Ni Mhurchu, A. , 2010-02-17 "Citizenship as absolute space/ citizenship as contingent trace: Exploring how the ‘politics’ of citizenship is theorized" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, The Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p412982_index.html

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Abstract: In considering the growing inter-disciplinary concern with the challenge which migration poses to traditional notions of solidarity and belonging embedded in the concept of ‘citizen’, this paper sets out to explore the possibility that there is a divergence within critical citizenship scholarship with regard to the question itself of how a new ‘politics’ of citizenship should be theorized in this context. Using the distinction which Richard Ashley and Rob Walker drew in 1990 between two possible critical responses to crisis and the question of sovereignty, it argues that two strands of thought can be identified which each produce a different understanding of what it means to become a citizen here. In the first strand ‘citizen’ continues to be articulated in terms of sovereign autonomous subjectivity and thus in terms of horizontal or territorial relations between here and there, us and them, inside and outside. In the second strand ‘citizen’ is (re)articulated in terms of ambiguous paradoxical subjectivity which instead challenges the modern framing of the politics of citizenship as necessarily needing to be conceptualized in terms of absolute space. This divergence is explored through the lens of the 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendum.


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