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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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Trapped in the Citizenship Debate:

Trapped in the Citizenship Debate:

Sovereign Time and Space

(p.96) 3 Trapped in the Citizenship Debate
Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration

Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 3 turns specifically to focus on the universal (post-statist/ trans-statist) model which has dominated critical approaches to citizenship in The Citizenship Debate. This chapter outlines how exactly this model tries to but ultimately fails to rethink citizenship anew. It looks at how this model widens the scope of existing sovereign territorial dualisms but without thinking about time and space beyond sovereign dualistic politics; that is, beyond linear progressive time and absolute space. It discusses how this scholarship continues to reinforce an understating of subjectivity in terms of the idea of a coherent bounded ‘I’ – as woman, child, migrant, human and marginalised – which can continue to be temporally and spatially differentiated from the ‘other’ – the citizen, the included, non-marginalised. The result it is argued in this chapter is that this model fails to adequately theorise complex subjectivity such as that of citizen children born to migrant parents who experience political identity in more ambiguous hybrid terms, despite setting out precisely to do so.

Keywords:   universal model, post-statist, trans-statist, dualisms, dualistic politics, complex subjectivity, citizen children, migrant parents

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