Uncertain Citizenship: Life in the Waiting Room - Manchester University Press (Hardback)Anne-Marie Fortier (author)
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Drawing on multi-sited fieldwork with migrants applying for citizenship or settlement and with intermediaries of the state tasked with implementing citizenisation measures and policies, Fortier brings life to the waiting room of citizenship, giving rich empirical backing to her original theoretical claims. Scrutinising life in the waiting room enables Fortier to analyse how citizenship takes place, takes time and takes hold in ways that conform, exceed, and confound frames of reference laid out in both citizenisation policies and taken-for-granted understandings of 'the citizen' and 'the migrant'. Uncertain Citizenship's nuanced account of the social and institutional function of citizenisation and migratisation offers its readers a grasp of the array of racial inequalities that citizenisation produces and reproduces, while providing theoretical and empirical tools to address these inequalities.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
John Clark, Emeritus Professor, The Open University
'By forensically examining scenes of uncertainty where non-citizens await becoming citizens, Fortier brilliantly illustrates how governments engage both citizens and non-citizens through insufferable games of conferral, deferral and repeal.'
Engin Isin, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London
'This vital contribution dismantles taken-for-granted understandings about contemporary citizenship to lay bare the inherent uncertainties, insecurities and inequalities at its heart. You'll never look at citizenship the same way again.'
Michaela Benson, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London
'Anne-Marie Fortier writes with such sensitivity and perception on the impact of the UK government's regimes of citizenship and naturalization. This book illuminates the precarities and uncertainties of racialized citizenship and raises important questions on the injustices involved in process of determining who is deemed worthy of citizenship.'
Bridget Byrne, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester -- .
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