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- DescriptionNumerous activists and scholars have appealed for rights, inclusion, and justice in the name of citizenship. Against Citizenship provocatively shows that there is thing redeemable about citizenship, thing worth salvaging or sustaining in the name of community, practice, or belonging. According to Brandzel, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives seem commonsensical, logical, and even necessary. Against Citizenship argues that whenever we work on behalf of citizenship, whenever we work towards including more types of peoples under its reign, we inevitably reify the violence of citizenship against nrmative others. Brandzel's focus on three legal case studies--same-sex marriage law, hate crime legislation, and Native Hawaiian sovereignty and racialization--exposes how citizenship confounds and obscures the mutual processes of settler colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism. In this way, Brandzel argues that citizenship requires anti-intersectionality, that is, strategies that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, class, gender, sexuality and nation--and how, oftentimes, progressive left activists and scholars follow suit.
- Author BiographyAmy L. Brandzel is an assistant professor of American studies and women studies at the University of New Mexico.
- Author(s)Amy L. Brandzel
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2016
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Series TitleDissident Feminisms
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Weight522 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine23 mm
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