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Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692774

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692774.001.0001

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Interrogating Sovereign Politics:

Interrogating Sovereign Politics:

An Alternative Citizen-Subject

(p.132) 4 Interrogating Sovereign Politics
Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration

Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter three contextualises the work of Étienne Balibar, Engin Isin and RBJ Walker within the broader theoretical field of poststructuralism. It outlines how a poststructuralist approach (broadly defined) produces an alternative conception of political identity and belonging which is not based on sovereign time and space. This chapter looks at a range of key theorists whose work is associated with poststructuralism. It outlines the importance of a de-centred subject and a relational view of power drawn from the work of Michel Foucault for interrogating and moving beyond a state sovereign territorial framework. It discusses subsequently how Julia Kristeva's work provides an alternative understanding of political subjectivity which is based on an ontology of process rather than an ontology of presence.

Keywords:   ontology of process, ontology of presence, poststructuralism, political identity, belonging, de-centered subject, political subjectivity, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, relational view of power

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