9781842779514

Acts of Citizenship

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    9781842779514

  • ISBN10:

    1842779516

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS
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Summary

This book introduces the concept of 'act of citizenship' and in doing so, re-orients the study of what it means to be a citizen. Isin and Nielsen show that an 'act of citizenship' is the event through which subjects constitute themselves as citizens. They claim that such an act involves both responsibility and answerability, but is ultimately irreducible to either. This study of citizenship is truly interdisciplinary, drawing not only on new developments in politics, sociology, geography and anthropology, but also on psychoanalysis, philosophy and history. Ranging from Antigone and Socrates in the ancient world to checkpoints, euthanasia and flash mobs in the modern one, the 'acts' and chapters here build up a dynamic and wide-ranging picture. Acts of Citizenship provides important new insights for all those concerned with the relationship between individuals, groups and polities.

Author Biography

Engin F. Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University.



Greg M. Nielsen is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Broadcasting Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Politics, Ethics, Aesthetic
Theorizing Acts of Citizenship
Can Acts of Citizenship be Creative?
Mediations for an Ethics of Citizenship
Beyond Camp and Kampf: Theorizing Non-Citizens
Heroic Intrusions and the Body of Law
Abraham and Isaac
Antigone
Socrates Trial
Euthanasia
Soldier-Citizen-Hero
Citizens, Strangers, Aliens, Outcasts
Acts of European Citizenship: Historical Foundations, New Departures
Arendt's Concept of Action: Dublin Urban mis-Planning as Act of Citizenship
America: Acts of Citizenship without Polis
No One is Illegal between City and Nation
Exclusions without names
Turkey and the E.U.
Checkpoints
The Romani
Return to Guatemala
East-West (The Joke)
Part 3
Acts of Citizenship in Multi-Voiced NYC: Wodiczko's The Homeless Projection
Acts of Chinese Citizenship: Tank Man and Tank Driver as Dialogized Forms
Answerability with Cosmopolitan Intent: An Ethics Based Politics for Acts of Citizenship
Rituals and Performance
Irish Acts of Memory
Outsiders in City Politics
Flash Mobs
Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002)
Introduction
Politics, Ethics, Aesthetic
Theorizing Acts of Citizenship
Can Acts of Citizenship be Creative?
Mediations for an Ethics of Citizenship
Beyond Camp and Kampf: Theorizing Non-Citizens
Heroic Intrusions and the Body of Law
Abraham and Isaac
Antigone
Socrates Trial
Euthanasia
Soldier-Citizen-Hero
Citizens, Strangers, Aliens, Outcasts
Acts of European Citizenship: Historical Foundations, New Departures
Arendt's Concept of Action: Dublin Urban mis-Planning as Act of Citizenship
America: Acts of Citizenship without Polis
No One is Illegal between City and Nation
Exclusions without names
Turkey and the E.U.
Checkpoints
The Romani
Return to Guatemala
East-West (The Joke)
Part 3
Acts of Citizenship in Multi-Voiced NYC: Wodiczko's The Homeless Projection
Acts of Chinese Citizenship: Tank Man and Tank Driver as Dialogized Forms
Answerability with Cosmopolitan Intent: An Ethics Based Politics for Acts of Citizenship
Rituals and Performance
Irish Acts of Memory
Outsiders in City Politics
Flash Mobs
Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002)
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