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Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration$
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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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Traces Rather than Spaces of Citizenship:

Traces Rather than Spaces of Citizenship:

Retheorising the Politics of Citizenship

(p.190) 6 Traces Rather than Spaces of Citizenship
Ambiguous Citizenship in an Age of Global Migration

Aoileann Ní Mhurchú

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the implications of challenging the Citizenship Debate by opening up the question of political subjectivity beyond temporality contained within absolute space to that of fractious process-oriented space-time. The notion of ‘trace’ is introduced in this chapter to conceptualise the shift which is made here: away from thinking about citizenship in terms of inclusion and exclusion and therefore in terms of absolute space, and towards thinking about citizenship as that which is also based upon disruptions and discontinuities, figuring in ambiguous indeterminate and incalculable times and spaces outside modern subjectivity and its emphasis on located presence. The chapter discusses how the concept of trace provides an alternative metaphorical starting point for thinking about political identity and belonging in terms of fragmented, overlapping, inconsistent and irregular experiences.

Keywords:   citizenship, trace, fragmented, overlapping, inconsistent, irregular, ambiguous, space-time

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