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Contesting CitizenshipIrregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political$
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Anne McNevin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151283

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151283.001.0001

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Contentious Spaces of Political Belonging

(p.146) Conclusion
Contesting Citizenship

Anne McNevin

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter reflects on the spatial dimensions of irregular migrants' acts of contestation, for in everyday places, such as the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, there are spaces that resist subordination to territorial norms and to neoliberal rationalities—spaces of excess that are located in the crevices and gaps of sovereign power and that shape solidarities across alternative grounds. It argues that the successes and failures of acts of contestation cannot be reduced to immediate outcomes—legalization or successful asylum applications, for instance. Although these outcomes may remain the focus of the majority of irregular migrants' mobilizations, they do not reveal the full scope of subjectivities and solidarities that emerge through social struggle across new spatial terrains.

Keywords:   irregular migrants, citizenship, contestation, territorial norms, neoliberalism

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