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date: 23 February 2020

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This chapter outlines a perspective that broadens the conventional view of citizenship as a legal institution by expanding on its performative force. A performative perspective on citizenship as making rights claims across multiple social groups and polities reveals its creative and transformative possibilities. By focusing our attention on performative acts or on how people creatively perform citizenship and not merely follow rules, the chapter invites us to appreciate that how people perform citizenship plays an important role in contesting and constructing citizenship and in attaching meanings to rights. By highlighting that those perform citizenship are not always citizens in the conventional sense of members of a nation-state and that they do not always act in the context of democratic or Euro-American polities, the chapter illustrates how to study multiple meanings and functions of citizenship in and across multiple polities.

Keywords: Citizenship, performativity, subjectivity, dissent, subalternity, transversality

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