Anupama Roy

in Mapping Citizenship in India

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066743
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080069 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with discussions of social scientists' continuous interest in citizenship over the last two decades and the globality of citizenship. It then looks at the inherent paradox that lies within citizenship, between its simultaneous unfolding as a momentum concept with a liberatory promise and citizenship's hierarchical aspects emerging from state practices of citizenship as well as the socio-economic contexts in which these practices are embedded and unfold. This is followed by a discussion of the so-called crisis in citizenship, which is associated with migration and often the awkward and threatening presence of aliens/outsiders. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: citizenship; paradox; momentum concept; state practices; migration

Chapter.  13425 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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