Monday, October 24, 2011
Denaturalizing Citizenship: A Symposium on Linda Bosniak’s The Citizen and the Alien and Ayelet Shachar’s The Birthright Lottery
This symposium examines the relationship between citizenship and inequality through a focus upon two extraordinary books that have already become core texts in the fields of citizenship and migration: Linda Bosniak’s The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership (2006), and
Both Bosniak and Shachar seek to denaturalize citizenship, to unsettle its familiar dimensions, in an effort for readers to better understand how citizenship can and cannot work towards justice. For this special symposium, ten leading theorists of citizenship and immigration theory (Saskia Sassen, Rainer Bauböck, Rogers Smith, Clarissa Hayward, Sarah Song, Mark Tushnet, Susan Bibler Coutin, Muneer Ahmad, David Abraham and Peter Nyers) responded to these two books. Bosniak and Shachar were then asked to reply.
The symposium editor was Professor Leti Volpp (UC California).