Making Membership : Issues in Legal Scholarship

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Issues in Legal Scholarship

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Making Membership

Saskia Sassen1

1Columbia University,

Citation Information: Issues in Legal Scholarship. Volume 9, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1539-8323, DOI: 10.2202/1539-8323.1122, October 2011

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2011-10-24

The Citizen and the Alien and The Birthright Lottery are extraordinary books that analyze citizenship and alienage as heuristic categories through which to understand rights, subject formation, and political membership. This essay focuses upon the tension in both books between the normative and the practical. This tension could perhaps be resolved through a recognition that even the most formalized rights-bearing subject is incomplete: this incompleteness enables the active making of membership.

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