Migrations And Mobilities

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Overview

In an increasingly globalized world, the movement of peoples across national borders is posing unprecedented challenges, for the people involved as well as for the places to which they travel and their countries of origin. Citizenship is now a topic in focus around the world but much of that discussion takes place without sufficient attention to the women, men, and children, in and out of families, whose statuses and treatments depend upon how countries view their arrival. As essays in this volume detail, both the practices and theories of citizenship need to be reappraised in light of the array of persons and of twentieth-century commitments to their dignity and equality.

Migrations and Mobilities uniquely situates gender in the context of ongoing, urgent conversations about globalization, citizenship, and the meaning of borders. Following an introductory essay by editors Seyla Benhabib and Judith Resnik that addresses the parameters and implications of gendered migration, the interdisciplinary contributors consider a wide range of issues, from workers' rights to children's rights, from theories of the nation-state and federalism to obligations under transnational human rights conventions. Together, the essays in this path-breaking collection force us to consider the pivotal role that gender should play in reconceiving the nature of citizenship in the contemporary, transnational world.

Contributors: Selya Benhabib, Jacqueline Bhabha, Linda Bosniak, Catherine Dauvergne, Talia Inlender, Vicki C. Jackson, David Jacobson, Linda K. Kerber, Audrey Macklin, Angela Means, Valentine M. Moghadam, Patrizia Nanz, Aihwa Ong, Cynthia Patterson, Judith Resnik, and Sarah K. van Walsum.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Benhabib and Resnik have succeeded admirably in their aspiration 'to reorient the lively debate concerning globalization, borders, migration and citizenship . . . .' With the appearance of this volume, the debate will never be the same. It is an essential resource for serious students of the subject."
-Peter H. Schuck,Simeon E. Baldwin Professor, Yale Law School

"The rare and much needed interdisciplinarity evident in this book makes it a key contribution to the subject. Each chapter engages a critical dimension of the larger puzzle. And the editors' introduction brilliantly lays out an expanded analytic terrain for the old and new questions addressed by the authors."
-—Saskia Sassen,author of Territory, Authority, Rights

"Crossing disciplinary boundaries and navigating the comparative and transnational frontiers of migration, this extraordinary volume displaces the traditional male-centered perception of immigration without falling into an essentializing and unitary vision of the world's diverse female migrants. Topical, timely, and well organized, the editors are to be congratulated for having assembled a collection that will undoubtedly stimulate a lasting debate in the field."
-Ayelet Shachar,author of The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality

“The broad themes brought forth by the contributors . . . offer a rich introduction to the important problems that will occupy scholars of immigration law and policy for many years to come.”
-The Law and Politics Book Review

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“Arguging that discrimination and subordination based on gender affect the relevant categorization including opportunities, rights and burdens, one of the many merits of this rich volume is that it prohibits any essentialism about both female migrants and feminist analysis by representing opposing views that allow for a productive dialogue instead of unitary world visions.”
-The International Journal of Refugee Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814775998
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Yale University and was director of the Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from 2002-2008. Her award-winning work on citizenship, cosmopolitanism and democracy has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. In light of her work on federalism, sovereigntism, adjudication, and feminism, in 2008, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation named her the Outstanding Scholar of the Year.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Citizenship and Migration Theory Engendered Seyla Benhabib and Judith Resnik 1

I Situated Histories of Citizenship and Gender

1 Citizenship and Gender in the Ancient World: The Experience of Athens and Rome Cynthia Patterson 47

2 The Stateless as the Citizen's Other: A View from the United States Linda K. Kerber 76

II Global Markets, Women's Work

3 Citizenship, Noncitizenship, and the Transnationalization of Domestic Work Linda Bosniak 127

4 A Bio-Cartography: Maids, Neoslavery, and NGOs Aihwa Ong 157

III Citizenship of the Family, Citizenship in the Family: Women, Children, and the Nation-State

5 The "Mere Fortuity of Birth"? Children, Mothers, Borders, and the Meaning of Citizenship Jacqueline Bhabha 187

6 Transnational Mothering, National Immigration Policy, and European Law: The Experience of the Netherlands Sarah K. van Walsum 228

IV Engendered Citizenship in Practice

7 Global Feminism, Citizenship, and the State: Negotiating Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Valentine M. Moghadam 255

8 Particularized Citizenship: Encultured Women and the Public Sphere Audrey Macklin 276

9 Multiculturalism, Gender, and Rights David Jacobson 304

V Reconfiguring the Nation-State: Women's Citizenship in the Transnational Context

10 Globalizing Fragmentation: New Pressures on Women Caught in the Immigration Law--Citizenship Law Dichotomy Catherine Dauvergne 333

11 Status Quo or Sixth Ground? Adjudicating Gender Asylum Claims Talia Inlender 356

12 Intercultural Political Identity: Are We There Yet? Angelia K. Means 380

13 Mobility, Migrants, and Solidarity: Towards an Emerging EuropeanCitizenship Regime Patrizia Nanz 410

14 Citizenships, Federalisms, and Gender Vicki C. Jackson 439

About the Contributors 487

Index 491

A comprehensive bibliography is available online at: nyupress.org/webchapters/9780814775998_benhabib_biblio.pdf

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