‘I’m Local and Foreign’: Belonging, the City and the Case for Denizenship

Rosbrook-Thompson, James (2015) ‘I’m Local and Foreign’: Belonging, the City and the Case for Denizenship. Urban Studies, 52 (9). pp. 1615-1630. ISSN 1360-063X

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Those considering threats to the liberal-democratic model of citizenship which emanate ‘from below’ have naturally focused on migrants’ sentiments of belonging and the meaning they ascribe to citizenship – or substantive citizenship. Using the findings of two years’ ethnographic fieldwork, the article explores the modes of belonging of a group of first-, second- and third-generation migrants in central London. It is argued that a substantive notion of ‘denizenship’ united these individuals – whether they were citizens or denizens (resident non-citizens) in the formal sense – a mindset characterised by a rejection of nationhood and involving either a renouncement or a refusal of citizenship and its attendant duties and obligations

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Belonging, Citizenship, Denizenship, Liberalism, Urban sociology
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: James Rosbrook-Thompson
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 09:21
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:01
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/700756

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