We are only a few weeks away from publication. Proofs were amended and sent back to the production editor this week. It is now going through the final checks. Nice to see the end of the tunnel; don’t get me wrong, it has been an enjoyable journey but a bit longer than we had anticipated, including a change of publisher halfway through! Three colleagues whose work we greatly admire gave us fantastic endorsements for Within & beyond citizenship. I’m happy to share them:
“Within and Beyond Citizenship assembles a stellar cast of scholars to examine crucial issues of citizenship, membership, and related forms of inclusion and exclusion across geographical spaces. Its focus on the emotions associated with the quotidian expressions of citizenship is as inspiring as are the revelations of strategies of survival, both individual and through social movements. It is necessary reading.” – Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick
“Within and Beyond Citizenship is a rich set of essays that interrogates the traditional binary of (equal) citizens/and (powerless) non-citizens. The authors show that non-citizens, despite their precariousness, participate in political activities that contest state policies and dominant discourses. In so doing, non-citizens contribute to a re-conceptualization of the meaning and practices of citizenship.” – T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Henry Arnhold Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School
“This tightly coordinated collection is, effectively, a handbook for the new critical migration studies. Working a rich seam of theoretical analyses on the ambiguities of societal membership faced by migrants and movers, the authors bring the everyday exclusions and resistances of the illegal, the transient, and the precarious, to the centre of the very notion of citizenship. Chillingly, they show how, as a vector for sovereign power, the enactment of national citizenship today is more often than not a tool of differentiation, stratification and domination.” – Adrian Favell, Chair in Sociology and Social Theory, University of Leeds
The book is part of an ongoing collaboration with Roberto G. Gonzales and its forth product. First came a symposium we put together at the University of Oxford in Spring 2013, which many of the contributors of the collection attended.
This was followed by another symposium that was held at Harvard University at the end of 2013. The focus was undocumented young people, activism and the impact of precarious legal status. Stemming for this we curated a collection for the American Behavioral Scientist (2016) on Citizenship, Rights and Deservingness with some of the papers presented at Harvard.
Now it is almost time for the edited volume to come out and to move to our next task. We are writing (although not at the speed we had anticipated) a book together for Polity’s Immigration & Society series on international perspectives on undocumented migration. The manuscript is due at the end of 2017 and, all going well, will be out by Summer 2018. So, more from us soon!