States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals

States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals

by Jacqueline Stevens
     
 

Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, Jacqueline Stevens imagines a world in which birthright citizenship, family inheritance, state-sanctioned marriage, and private land ownership are eliminated. Would chaos be the result? Drawing on political theory and history and incorporating contemporary

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Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, Jacqueline Stevens imagines a world in which birthright citizenship, family inheritance, state-sanctioned marriage, and private land ownership are eliminated. Would chaos be the result? Drawing on political theory and history and incorporating contemporary social and economic data, she brilliantly critiques our sentimental attachments to birthright citizenship, inheritance, and marriage and highlights their harmful outcomes, including war, global apartheid, destitution, family misery, and environmental damage. It might be hard to imagine countries without the rules of membership and ownership that have come to define them, but as Stevens shows, conjuring new ways of reconciling our laws with the condition of mortality reveals the flaws of our present institutions and inspires hope for moving beyond them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148771
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
New Directions in Critical Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,198,216
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Persistence and Harms of Birthright Citizenship in So-called Liberal Theory and Countries2. Abolishing Birthright Citizenship3. A Theory of Wealth for Mortals4. Abolishing Inheritance5. The Law of the Mother6. Abolishing Marriage7. Abolishing Private Land Rights: Toward a New Practice of Eminent Domain8. Religion and the Nation-StateAppendix: Methods for an Open SocietyAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex

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