Citizenship after Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory by Engin Isin

By Engin Isin

The observe 'citizen' conjures up a specific legacy that's inexorably linked to 'European' values that outline particularly Euro-American states, reminiscent of secularism, democracy, legislation, and rights. even if, on account that 1945, those very values were more and more positioned below query from quite a few views, loads in order that to name them completely ecu values is to come across skepticism. This edited quantity takes as its topic the vexed dating among citizenship and orientalism, every one writer considering methods of re-articulating or re-imagining this courting. It explores the ways that we may perhaps start to imagine another way approximately citizenship as political subjectivity by way of featuring the examine results of reviews performed on the Open college as a part of the Citizenship after Orientalism (Oecumene) venture (2010-2014). jointly, those chapters represent a critique of citizenship as completely or even initially a eu establishment.

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In other words, a process of critical translation would be one in which, for instance, the presumptions of what autonomy is and how it might be expressed are not defined in advance. Rather, these presumptions should be the object of open agonistic renegotiation. After all, if freedom depends on a notion of autonomy that proves to be exclusionary, and pivotal to state violence and the logic of othering, it would be worth rethinking the terms in which both freedom and autonomy, as the conditions and goals of citizenship, are described.

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When forms of political agency only recognizable as Western are translated to other peoples, they assume different shapes and produce different consequences, enabling the development of other strategies for governing others. This process of direct translation produces new versions of the original model, hence its creative and productive sides. But at the same time, this logic of direct translation replicates the power relations between the West and the rest. indd 28 7/29/15 11:44 AM Abject Choices?

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