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Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political

Anne McNevin


This book investigates the role of irregular migrants in the transformation of citizenship, and argues that irregular status is an immanent (rather than aberrant) condition of global capitalism, one that is formed by the fast-tracked processes of globalization. It describes how irregular migrants complicate the boundaries of citizenship and stretch the parameters of political belonging. It explains that this group is comprised of refugees, asylum seekers, “illegal” labor migrants, and stateless persons, and argues that they occupy new sovereign spaces that generate new subjectivities. The book ... More

Keywords: irregular migrants, transformation of citizenship, globalization, sovereignty and power, United States, Australia, France, global capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231151283
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne McNevin, author
Monash University, Clayton Campus