Contesting citizenship: irregular migrants and strategic possibilities for politcal belonging

McNevin, A 2009, 'Contesting citizenship: irregular migrants and strategic possibilities for politcal belonging', New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 163-181.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Contesting citizenship: irregular migrants and strategic possibilities for politcal belonging
Author(s) McNevin, A
Year 2009
Journal name New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 181
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In recent years, irregular migrants have mobilised, marched, occupied buildings, rioted, gone on strike, petitioned blogged, written manefestos, and generally brought to attention to their long-term presence in states where they live with the constant threat of deportation. What do these diverse mobilisations reveal about the dynamics of citizenship in an age of globalisation? This article reflects upon these theoretically neglected sites of growing political activism. It considers the forms of contestation employed by irregular migrants in the US, France and Australia and how these may imply new modes of political belonging that move beyond a citizen/non-citizen divide. It also considers what strategic possibilites are emerging between irregular migrants' struggles for recognition and citizens' attempts to secure their futures in the context of neoliberal globalisation. To this end, it critically engages with Jennifer Gordon's innovative proposal for Transnational Labour Citizenship - an alternative mode of belonging built upon a burgeoning alliance irregular migrants and traditional labour movements.
Subject Citizenship
Keyword(s) border policing
citizenship
iregular migrants
DOI - identifier 10.1080/07393140902872278
Copyright notice © 2009 Caucus for a New Political Science
ISSN 07393148
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