Making political citizens? Migrants’ narratives of naturalization in the United Kingdom
MetadataShow full item record
Citizenship tests are arguably intended as moments of hailing, or interpellation, through which norms are internalized and citizen-subjects produced. We analyse the multiple political subjects revealed through migrants’ narratives of the citizenship test process, drawing on 158 interviews with migrants
in Leicester and London who are at different stages in the UK citizenship test process. In dialogue with three counter-figures in the critical naturalization literature – the ‘neoliberal citizen’; the ‘anxious citizen’; and the ‘heroic citizen’ – we propose the figure of the ‘citizen-negotiator’, a socially situated actor who attempts to assert control over their life as they navigate the test process and state power. Through the focus on negotiation, we see migrants navigating a process of differentiation founded on pre-existing inequalities rather than a journey toward transformation.
Is part ofCitizenship studies, 2018 vol. 22, núm. 3, p. 225–242
The following license files are associated with this item:
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Deserving citizenship? Exploring migrants' experiences of the 'citizenship test' process in the United Kingdom Monforte, Pierre; Bassel, Leah; Khan, Kamran (Wiley, 2019)Since the early 2000s several European countries have introduced language and citizenship tests as new requirements for access to long‐term residence or naturalization. The content of citizenship tests has been often ...
Migrant identities in narrative practice: In-/out-group constructions of 'comrades' and 'rivals' in storytelling about transnational life Sabaté Dalmau, Maria (John Benjamins Publishing, 2015-12-12)From an interpretive, post-structuralist perspective, this paper analyzes the discursive constructions of fluid migrant identities through the lens of narrative practice. I describe the presentations of the Self /the Other ...
Migrant narratives of dis/emplacement: The alternative spatialization and ethnicization of the local urban floor Sabaté Dalmau, Maria (De Gruyter, 2016-05-06)From a critical sociolinguistic approach, this paper analyzes the stories of place and locality which emerge during a series of narrative interviews conducted with a small group of Ghanaian migrants who, unsheltered, lived ...