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

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2127474

8 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012

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Leti Volpp

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: October 24, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Volpp, Leti, Denaturalizing Citizenship: A Symposium on Linda Bosniak's 'The Citizen and the Alien' and Ayelet Shachar's 'The Birthright Lottery' (October 24, 2011). Issues in Legal Scholarship, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2011; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2127474. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127474

Leti Volpp (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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