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 line with Brandzel, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives appear commonsensical, logical, or even useful. 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 lower than its reign, we unavoidably reify the violence of citizenship opposed to nonnormative others. Brandzel's specialize in 3 felony case studies--same-sex marriage legislation, 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 manner, Brandzel argues that citizenship calls for anti-intersectionality, that's, suggestions that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, classification, gender, sexuality and nation--and how, often, revolutionary left activists and students persist with suit.

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