Political belonging in a neoliberal era: the struggle of the Sans-Papiers

McNevin, A 2006, 'Political belonging in a neoliberal era: the struggle of the Sans-Papiers', Citizenship studies, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 135-151.


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Title Political belonging in a neoliberal era: the struggle of the Sans-Papiers
Author(s) McNevin, A
Year 2006
Journal name Citizenship studies
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 135
End page 151
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article argues that political belonging should be understood in the context of diverse spatial imaginaries which encompass but are not confined to the state. Engin Isin's approach to citizenship provides a theoretical grounding for this claim. By way of demonstration, the article focuses on the spatially reconfigured practices of the neoliberal state in relation to irregular migration. It shows how the policing of irregular migration sustains a logic of political belonging based on connections between state, citizen and territory. This logic is simultaneously compromised by transnational state practices including the exploitation of irregular migrant labour. Irregular migrants are contesting their positioning within these multidimensional statist frameworks that posit them as outsiders even while they are integrated into local sites of a global political economy. The struggle of the Sans-Papiers, a collective of irregular migrants in France, provides an example in this context. Their claims to entitlement also mobilize multiple dimensions of political belonging and provide insight into transitions in political community, identity and practice.
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Copyright notice © 2006 Taylor & Francis.
ISSN 1469-3593
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