Contesting Citizenship carefully treads a new path, inviting readers to think differently about citizenship by 'hearing' and 'seeing' the acts of those who have been rendered as outsiders and strangers to citizenship. -- Engin Isin, The Open University In a cosmopolitan age, the movement of displaced people, arguably an inherent part of the human condition from time immemorial, inspires much fear among the settled. Rich in empirical detail from the United States, Australia, and France, Anne McNevin's book views 'irregular immigrants' as more than victims. Instead, she argues they are agents of changing notions of political belonging and novel understandings of citizenship. In challenging the presumed stability of 'regular' sovereign power, they are defining a new 'frontier of the political' that has massive implications for the meaning of citizenship in the contemporary world. -- John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Globalization and Sovereignty An innovative addition to the scholarship on citizenship... Recommended. Choice 3/1/12 ...refreshing and particularly important... -- Stephanie J. Silverman Journal of Refugee Studies Vol 25, No 2, June 2012
About the Author
Anne McNevin is a research fellow and lecturer in international studies at the Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne. She is also an associate editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.