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Being Political : Genealogies of Citizenship - Engin F. Isin

Being Political

Genealogies of Citizenship

Paperback Published: 16th January 2002
ISBN: 9780816632725
Number Of Pages: 352

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What does it mean to be political? Every age has based its answer on citizenship, bequeathing us such indelible images as that of the Greek citizen exercising his rights and obligations in the agora, the Roman citizen conducting himself in the forum, medieval citizens receiving their charter before the guildhall. Being Political disrupts these images by approaching citizenship as otherness, presenting a powerful critique of universalistic and orientalist interpretations of its origins and a persuasive alternative history of the present struggles over citizenship. Being Political offers a series of genealogies of citizenship as otherness. Engin F. Isin invokes the city as a "difference machine," recovering slaves, peasants, artisans, prostitutes, vagabonds, savages, flextimers, and squeegee men in the streets of the polis, civitas, metropolis, and cosmopolis. The result is a challenge to think in bolder terms about citizenship at a time when its nature is an increasingly open question. Book jacket.

Prefacep. ix
City as a Difference Machinep. 1
Citizens
Strangers
Outsiders
Aliens
Polisp. 53
Women
Peasants
Slaves
Metics
Mercenaries
Raiders
Traders
Civitasp. 93
Plebeians
Slaves
Clients
Freedmen
Christianopolisp. 113
Wayfarers
Knights
Merchants
Artisans
Eutopolisp. 153
Humanists
Vagrants
Poor
Colonists
Metropolisp. 191
Sansculottes
Savages
Flaneurs
Intellectuals
Africans
Cosmopolisp. 231
Immigrants
Homeless
Squeegeers
Refugees
Becoming Politicalp. 275
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780816632725
ISBN-10: 0816632723
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 16th January 2002
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45