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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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Exploring the Citizenship Debate:

Exploring the Citizenship Debate:

The Sovereign Citizen-Subject

(p.27) 1 Exploring the Citizenship Debate
Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration

Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 1 provides a new framework for thinking about current citizenship scholarship. It argues that such scholarship does not present a series of debates for how citizenship can be conceptualised. Rather it can be understood as single debate (referred to subsequently as ‘the Citizenship Debate’) which is defined by a certain ‘reality’ of what it means to be a political subject in terms of sovereignty and autonomy. This chapter discusses how a sovereign conception of political identity implicates a particularly modern way of knowing and being which can be linked to an understanding of independent absolute space and linear progressive time. The work of three key authors (Étienne Balibar, Engin Isin and RBJ Walker) is presented as putting forward an alternative approach to political identity: one which is not based on prioritising sovereign identity as presence but which instead focuses on the equally important idea of non-sovereign identity as process.

Keywords:   citizenship debate, linear progressive time, absolute space, presence, process, modern subjectivity, The Citizenship Debate, RBJ Walker, Engin Isin, Étienne Balibar

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