Denaturalizing Citizenship: A Symposium on Linda Bosniak's 'The Citizen and the Alien' and Ayelet Shachar's 'The Birthright Lottery'
Issues in Legal Scholarship, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2011
8 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012
Date Written: October 24, 2011
This introductory essay describes how the two remarkable books that are the subject of this Symposium, Linda Bosniak’s The Citizen and the Alien and Ayelet Shachar’s The Birthright Lottery, denaturalize familiar conceptions of citizenship. The essay then conveys how each of the ten interlocutors invited to respond to Bosniak and Shachar address one particular question raised by both books, namely the relationship between national membership and bounded territory, to showcase the depth and complexity of this interdisciplinary conversation.
Keywords: citizenship, migration, alien, birthright, territory, property, political theory
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