The Politics of Belonging
- Nira Yuval-Davis - University of East London, UK
Citizenship Studies | Gender & Sexuality Studies (General) | Nationalism
- Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University
"National identities were once taken largely for granted in social science. Now they are part of an even more complex 'politics of belonging' that challenges both public affairs and the categories of social science. Nira Yuval-Davis offers a nuanced account that will be important for scholars and all those concerned with contemporary politics."
- Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE
This is a cutting-edge investigation of the challenging debates around belonging and the politics of belonging. Alongside the hegemonic forms of citizenship and nationalism which have tended to dominate our recent political and social history, Nira Yuval-Davis examines alternative contemporary political projects of belonging constructed around the notions of religion, cosmopolitanism and the feminist 'ethics of care'.
The book also explores the effects of globalization, mass migration, the rise of both fundamentalist and human rights movements on such politics of belonging, as well as some of its racialized and gendered dimensions. A special space is given to the various feminist political movements that have been engaged as part of or in resistance to the political projects of belonging.
Yuval-Davis deconstructs notions of national and ethnic and interrogates the effects that different political projects of belonging have on members of these collectivities who are differentially located socially, economically and politically.
This was adopted for the course on gender and identities. It was subsequently purchased by our library and forms part of essential reading for level 6 students
This book will be essential for those scholars and students who are interested in politics of belonging like nationalism, diaspora, cosmopolitanism and politicization of religious identity. The book provides lucid and sharp analysis of contemporary politics of belonging that shape our globe.