Citizenship and the Ambivalence of Birth

Derrida Today 4 (2):173-193 (2011)
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Samir Haddad
Fordham University
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In this paper I examine the meaning of birth in the work of Agamben, Esposito, and Derrida, paying particular attention to how it operates in their analyses of citizenship and national belonging. I show that Agamben views birth as negative, Esposito proposes a positive conception, and Derrida's writings imply an understanding that is ambivalent. Then, by focusing on the phenomenon of multiple citizenship, I argue for the value of the Derridean view.
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DOI 10.3366/drt.2011.0016
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Rogues: Two Essays on Reason.Jacques Derrida - 2005 - Stanford University Press.
Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy.Roberto Esposito - 2008 - Univ of Minnesota Press.

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