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By Engin F. Isin

States outline who their voters are and exert regulate over their existence and pursuits. yet how does such energy persist in a world international the place humans, principles, and items consistently move the borders of what the states see as their sovereign territory? This groundbreaking paintings units to ascertain and translates such demanding situations to supply a brand new frame of mind approximately citizenship. forsaking the sovereignty precept, it develops a brand new photo of citizenship utilizing the connectedness precept.

To achieve this, it translates acts of citizenship through following "activist citizens" the world over via case stories, from Wikileaks and the Gaza flotilla to China's digital global and Darfur. Written through a pace-setter within the box, this available and unique paintings imagines electorate with no frontiers as a politics with no neighborhood and belonging, inclusion with out exclusion, the place the frontier turns into a kind of otherness that voters erase or create. This distinctive paintings brings forth a brand new and artistic method to process citizenship past limitations that might attract a person learning citizenship, social activities, and migration.

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It is precisely because conscientious objection traverses frontiers that it becomes an act of citizens without frontiers. indd 21 8/21/2001 10:07:53 AM 22 CITIZENS WITHOUT FRONTIERS Notes 1 See C. , eds, Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience (London: C. Hurst & Co Publishers, 2011). 2 S. Robins, ‘Mobilizing and Mediating Global Medicine and Health Citizenship: The Politics of Aids Knowledge Production in Rural South Africa,’ in Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion, ed.

J. Gaventa and R. Tandon (London: Zed Books, 2010), 63. Robins shows that agents such as MSF play ambitious roles in cultivating citizenship. While, on the one hand, they may be seen as agents of globalization, they also activate new political subjectivities by creating collaborative demands on the state based on needs identified by situated activists. Robins notes that when French doctors and journalists, in response to the perceived inadequacies of humanitarian aid, founded MSF in 1971 during the Biafran war in Nigeria, it was conceived as essentially a French organization.

59 As we shall see in Chapter 4, this recognition ‘world over’ was also an invitation to action, a repertoire under which to act against frontiers. indd 18 8/21/2001 10:07:53 AM OF THOSE WHOSE ACTS TRAVERSE FRONTIERS 19 There is a double act that carries the same name: ‘Rachel Corrie’. How political subjectivity traverses frontiers and creates solidarities is illustrated by both Rachel Corrie and the Rachel Corrie as acts of resistance to borders, whether the illegality of Palestinian housing or the illegality of passing the Gaza blockade.

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