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Citizenship by Dimitry Kochenov
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Nov 12, 2019 | ISBN 9780262537797

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“[A] spirited contribution to the MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series. Kochenov sees the institution of citizenship, not its byproduct of statelessness, as the real problem. He does not hold back his disdain, defining citizenship as ‘a heritage glorifying servility, racism, sexism, and arbitrary exclusion,’ a tool for ‘simplifying the world’ and ‘rendering people governable,’ a gateway to complacency, intellectual laziness, and oppressive categorizations. Statelessness is a problem only because of how unequal and arbitrary the institution of citizenship is to begin with: it is assigned at birth and seldom earned, so most people never have a say in it. Further, the ‘mythology of the equality of different nationalities’ only makes things worse: it leads us to believe that any citizenship should be sufficient for meeting the needs of individuals.”  –The New York Review of Books

“Kochenov’s book should be a wake-up call for constitutional and international theorists and practitioners to promote an agenda for redefining citizenship as well as the structures governing it.” –International Journal of Constitutional Law

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