Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative by Amy L Brandzel

By Amy L Brandzel

Numerous activists and students have appealed for rights, inclusion, and justice within the identify of "citizenship." opposed to Citizenship provocatively indicates that there's not anything redeemable approximately citizenship, not anything worthy salvaging or maintaining within the identify of "community," perform, or belonging. in accordance with Brandzel, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives look commonsensical, logical, or even valuable. opposed to Citizenship argues that at any time when we paintings on behalf of citizenship, every time we paintings in the direction of together with extra kinds of peoples below its reign, we necessarily reify the violence of citizenship opposed to nonnormative others. Brandzel's specialize in 3 criminal case studies--same-sex marriage legislation, hate crime laws, and local Hawaiian sovereignty and racialization--exposes how citizenship confounds and obscures the mutual approaches of settler colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism. during this method, Brandzel argues that citizenship calls for anti-intersectionality, that's, ideas that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, classification, gender, sexuality and nation--and how, repeatedly, innovative left activists and students stick to suit.

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