States Without Nations

Citizenship for Mortals

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Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, Jacqueline Stevens imagines a world in which birthright citizenship, family inheritance, state-sanctioned marriage, and private land ownership are eliminated. Les mer
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Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, Jacqueline Stevens imagines a world in which birthright citizenship, family inheritance, state-sanctioned marriage, and private land ownership are eliminated. Would chaos be the result? Drawing on political theory and history and incorporating contemporary social and economic data, she brilliantly critiques our sentimental attachments to birthright citizenship, inheritance, and marriage and highlights their harmful outcomes, including war, global apartheid, destitution, family misery, and environmental damage. It might be hard to imagine countries without the rules of membership and ownership that have come to define them, but as Stevens shows, conjuring new ways of reconciling our laws with the condition of mortality reveals the flaws of our present institutions and inspires hope for moving beyond them.

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Preface Introduction 1. The Persistence and Harms of Birthright Citizenship in So-called Liberal Theory and Countries 2. Abolishing Birthright Citizenship 3. A Theory of Wealth for Mortals 4. Abolishing Inheritance 5. The Law of the Mother 6. Abolishing Marriage 7. Abolishing Private Land Rights: Toward a New Practice of Eminent Domain 8. Religion and the Nation-State Appendix: Methods for an Open Society Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index

Om forfatteren

Jacqueline Stevens is a professor in the political science department at Northwestern University and the author of Reproducing the State. She analyzes the politics of hereditary groups, including the laws and pseudoscientific narratives that make ethnicity, nation, race, and other intergenerational groups seem natural. Her research is available at www.jacquelinestevens.org.