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Intimate Politics of Belonging in Migration and Citizenship Law and Practice

Citizenship
Gender
Migration
National Identity
Family
Immigration
P187
Saskia Bonjour
University of Amsterdam
Betty De Hart
University of Amsterdam
Nevena Nancheva
Kingston University

Friday 17:40 - 19:20 (08/09/2017)

Building: BL07 P.A. Munchs hus Floor: 1 Room: PAM SEM6

Abstract

This panel explores the ways in which the politics of migration and citizenship are shaped by norms on gender, family and sexuality – norms which intersect with constructions of class, ethnicity and race to produce distinctions between those who ‘belong’ and those who do not. We inquire into the role of representations of ‘proper’ and ‘deviant’ intimacy (love, family, parenting, sex) in state constructions of not only ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted’ immigration, but also gradations of membership and deservingness attributed to citizens. Furthermore, we explore the responses of individuals confronted with the intervention of migration and citizenship law in their intimate lives and the effects of this experience on their sense of citizenship, membership, and belonging. Thus, we aim to contribute to the conceptualization of citizenship not as a formal, abstract relationship between an individual and the state, but as a lived, intimate practice and experience, which shapes and is shaped by meaningful social relations.
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