The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations by Nira Yuval-DavisIn this groundbreaking book, Nira Yuval-Davis provides 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, the author 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.
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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 is an in-depth examination of a slippery and contradictory subject. Knowledge alone is not enough for this type of project. It takes breaking out of narrow conceptual cages and unsettling what we think of as stable meanings. The author brings all of this to life in often unforgettable ways. National identities were once taken largely for granted in social science.
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Contesting Recognition pp Cite as. My aim in this chapter is to outline an analytical framework for the study of belonging and the politics of belonging. It is important to differentiate between the two. Belonging tends to be naturalised, and becomes articulated and politicised only when it is threatened in some way. The politics of belonging comprises specific political projects aimed at constructing belonging in particular ways, to particular collectivities that are, at the same time, themselves being constructed by these projects in very particular ways.
Please contact mpub-help umich. For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy. Nira Yuval-Davis provides an innovative approach to contemporary scholarly literature on intersectionality, nationality, and citizenship. She applies the theory of intersectionality to different political projects of belonging, beginning with the citizenship question to the issue of care. This research contributes to a better understanding of the complexities of the politics of belonging and the way they are affected by the mechanisms of neo-liberal globalization. It provides an innovative way to operationalizing intersectionality by using a multi-levelled analysis for the deconstruction of nationalism, religion, cosmopolitanism, and the issue of care.
We're on their trail, and we've got many fresh leads to chase down — please support our work. So is it time to open up the debate and ask what it means to belong 'in' - rather than 'to' - contemporary Britain? From the ground up the meaning of belonging appears very different, as people attach to different ethnic and racial backgrounds, different age and generation groups, different gender, sexuality and ability, people living in London or in the North. For most of us the experience of belonging, or belongings, is a multi-layered one. The answer to this complex puzzle for Nira is certainly not fragmentation into smaller identity groupings, nor to construct a group of abstract individuals with an idealized relationship to the state — simply citizens. Thus while they were talking about the death of multiculturalism into an assimilationist perspective, at the same time they also talked about multi-faithism.