Securitizations of Citizenship by Peter Nyers

By Peter Nyers

Securitizations of Citizenship investigates how the destiny of citizenship is now stuck up in a dramatic and unsafe strategy of securitizing political groups. within the frightened scenario of the post-9/11 interval, applied sciences of surveillance and regulate are quickly proliferating, growing serious constraints for the enactment of citizenship practices. whereas citizenship has continually confronted the matter of exclusiveness, the modern dating among protection, territory, and inhabitants is being remodeled in ways in which are developing new dynamics of exclusion for electorate, non-citizens, and quasi-citizens alike. This ebook assesses various citizenship practices when it comes to the emergence of different types of governance which are attentive to – and constitutive of – fears, anxieties, and insecurities within the inhabitants. even as, the ebook identifies and assesses citizenship practices for the way they could mobilize revolutionary forces to militate opposed to the apprehensive, fearful and apprehensive subjectivities instigated by way of newly securitized sovereignties. within the severe areas among inclusion and exclusion, migration and mobility, safeguard and surveillance, cause and neurosis, biopower and sovereign strength, the members to this publication replicate upon the chances and constraints for refiguring citizenship this day.

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We produce wealth, and we enrich France with our diversity â ¦ (Manifesto of the Sans-Papiers, citied in Hayter 2000:143) The choice of venue for a recent occupation â the headquarters of the Federation Francaise du Batiment (French Federation of Construction) â reflects the role of the Sans-Papiers in filling labour shortages in key industries as well as the embedded relationship between the formal and informal economies (NoBorder Network 2005b). Rejecting recent proposals from political and corporate leaders for a quota system on migrant labour, the Sans-Papiers demanded the < previous page page_148 next page > < previous page page_149 next page > Page 149 full regularisation of workers already in place.

Manifesto of the Sans-Papiers, cited in Hayter 2000:143). The Sans-Papiers establish their claim to membership by emphasising their immanence within the French political community, both in its territorial and transnational manifestations. They draw on the history of French colonialism in Africa and elsewhere to establish a connection between the transnational practices of the French state and its impacts on flows of people, ideas and patterns of exclusion in which the Sans-Papiers are placed: Where do we come from, we Sans-Papiers of Saint-Bernard?

The discourse of â accidental citizenshipâ is also significant for how it is part of the strategy for making essential citizenship. The unmaking of citizenship via the accident seems to be crucial to making citizenship essential and desirable. Accidental citizenship is an effect of the desire for essential citizenship; it is the abject remainder of acts of essential citizenship. The implication of this is that the pejorative use of â accidental citizenshipâ is symptomatic of some serious anxiety and doubts about the contemporary status of essential citizenship.

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