Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative (Dissident Feminisms)

Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative (Dissident Feminisms) Author Amy L Brandzel
ISBN-10 0252081501
ISBN-13 9780252081507
Year 2016-03-30
Pages 236
Language English
Publisher University of Illinois Press
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Numerous activists and scholars have appealed for rights inclusion and justice in the name of citizenship Against Citizenship provocatively shows that there is nothing redeemable about citizenship nothing 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 nonnormative 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

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