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 exhibits 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 appear commonsensical, logical, or even valuable. opposed to Citizenship argues that every time we paintings on behalf of citizenship, at any time when we paintings in the direction of together with extra varieties of peoples lower than its reign, we unavoidably reify the violence of citizenship opposed to nonnormative others. Brandzel's specialize in 3 criminal case studies--same-sex marriage legislations, hate crime laws, and local Hawaiian sovereignty and racialization--exposes how citizenship confounds and obscures the mutual techniques of settler colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism. during this method, Brandzel argues that citizenship calls for anti-intersectionality, that's, innovations that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, classification, gender, sexuality and nation--and how, sometimes, revolutionary left activists and students stick with suit.

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