In this introduction chapter citizenship scholarship is situated in the broader context of the global politics of identity and belonging, and the driving concern behind the book is presented. This driving concern is that of how political identity and belonging has come to be dominated by a statist framework the limitations of how citizenship is conceptualised in terms of a binary sovereign statist framework of us/them, inside/outside, included/excluded. This introduction chapter establishes why the 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendum is an appropriate and fruitful lens through which to explore the limitations of existing citizenship scholarship; reflects upon the importance of intergenerational migrant experiences in discussions about citizenship; considers how the existing citizenship scholarship can be interrogated using the work of R.B.J. Walker, Étienne Balibar and Engin Isin; and finally considers how an alternative understanding of the time and space of citizenship can be deployed through the work of Julia Kristeva. It discusses how this book builds upon the new and emerging dynamic field of critical citizenship studies (CCS).
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