Subversive subjects and conditional, earned and denied citizenship

John Flint

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI:
Subversive subjects and conditional, earned and denied citizenship

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This chapter explores the way in which citizenship itself is constructed and, in so doing, how some citizens who do not and cannot reflect these norms become de facto problematic or potentially subversive citizens. It examines four selected categories of ‘problematic’ citizen (or non-citizen): the ‘antisocial’, the workless, immigrants (and migrant workers), and Muslims. These populations are often collectively identified as ‘suspect communities’, but there are important differences in how their forms of ‘subversion’ are conceptualised and responded to within public policy. Subversion may be codified as actual inappropriate conduct or illegitimate physical acts. It may also be associated with the failure to act, as in the perceived passive dependency of welfare benefit claimants.

Keywords: subversive citizens; citizenship; subversion; immigrants; Muslims; public policy; antisocial

Chapter.  6033 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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