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Citizenship and Security: an introduction

Jef Huysmans presents a collective volume that engages with citizenship and security in modern politics

Jef Huysmans, CCIG Director and Professor of Security Studies at the OU presents Citizenship and Security:The Constitution of Political Being, a book he co-edited with Xavier Guillaume (Routledge, 2013). 

The book engages with the intense relationship between citizenship and security in modern politics. It focuses on questions of citizenship in security analysis in order to critically evaluate how political being is and can be constituted in relation to securitising practices.

In light of contemporary issues and events such as human rights regimes, terrorism, identity control, commercialisation of security, diaspora, and border policies, this book addresses a citizenship deficit in security studies. The chapters introduce several key political themes that characterise the interplays between citizenship and security: changes in citizenship regimes, the renewed insecurity of citizenship-state relations, the emerging ways by which the political and national communities are crafted, and the ways democratic societies and regimes react in times of insecurity. Approaching citizenship as both a governmental practice and a resource of political contestation, the book aims to highlight what political challenges and contestations are created in situations where security intensely meets citizenship today.


Introduction: Security and Citizenship - Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans

Citizenship and Securitising: Interstitial Politics - Jef Huysmans and Xavier Guillaume

Part I: Changing Citizenship Regimes

Liberating Irregularity: No Borders, Temporality, Citizenship - Peter Nyers

Two Regimes of Rights? - Engin F. Isin

Toward Global Citizenship Practice? - Antje Wiener

Part II: Insecure State-Citizen Relations

Marketing Security Matters: Undermining De-Securitizazion through Acts of Citizenship - Anna Leander

The Possible and Legitimate: Security and the Individualization of Citizenship Practices - Ákos Kopper

Internal Control and Claims of Rights: Undocumented Immigrants and Local Politics - Flora Burchianti

Part III: Crafting Political Community and Nationalism

Diasporas, Security, Citizenship - Francesco Ragazzi

Curbing Marriages of Convenience? Female Labour Migrants from Post-Socialist Countries, Patriarchal Domination, and the 2003 Biopolitical Securitization of Turkish Citizenship - Sandrine Berteaux and Fırat Bozçalı

Recrafting Political Community - Angharad Closs Stephens

Part IV: Democracy in Action in Times of Insecurity

The Right to Protect and the Right to Protection, and How Democracies balance them - Yagil Levy

Muslims’ Integration in Switzerland: Securitizing Citizenship, Weakening Democracy?- Matteo Gianni


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