Citizenship-in-Question: Evidentiary Encounters with Blood, Birthright, and Bureaucracy
Co-editors: Benjamin N. Lawrance and Jacqueline Stevens
Contributing author: Alfred Babo
Alfred Babo is a contributing author, “Ivoirité and Citizenship in Ivory Coast: The Controversial Policy of Ivorian Authenticité," p.200-216
BOOK DESCRIPTION Citizenship is often assumed to be a clear cut issue—either one has it—or one does not. However, as the contributors to Citizenship in Question demonstrate, citizenship is not self-evident; it emerges from often obscure written records and is interpreted through ambiguous and dynamic laws. In case studies that analyze the legal barriers to citizenship rights in over twenty countries, the contributors explore how states use evidentiary requirements to create and police citizenship, often based on fictions of racial, ethnic, class, and religious differences. Whether examining the United States’ deportation of its own citizens, the selective use of DNA tests and secret results in Thailand, or laws that have stripped entire populations of citizenship, the contributors emphasize the political, psychological, and personal impact of citizenship policies. Citizenship in Question incites scholars to revisit long-standing political theories and debates about nationality, free movement, and immigration premised on the assumption of clear demarcations between citizens and noncitizens.
Babo A. “Ivoirité and Citizenship in Ivory Coast: The Controversial Policy of Ivorian Authenticité.” In Citizenship-in-Question: Evidentiary Encounters with Blood, Birthright, and Bureaucracy, edited by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Jacqueline Stevens. 200-216. Duke University Press, 2016.
Lawrance, Benjamin N.; Stevens, Jacqueline; and Babo, Alfred, "Citizenship-in-Question: Evidentiary Encounters with Blood, Birthright, and Bureaucracy" (2016). Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Book and Media Gallery. 52.