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This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.

Introduction Situating Contemporary Politics of Belonging
Introduction situating contemporary politics of belonging
NiraYuval-Davis, KalpanaKannabiran and Ulrike M.Vieten

We are undoubtedly in a global crisis situation which encompasses a variety of social, political, economic and moral dimensions, often enmeshed in ideological constructions which naturalise, essentialise and fixate collectivity boundaries, ‘civilisations’ and power hierarchies. These fixities are used in order both to defend and to promote privileged positions of power as well as personal and communal defence mechanisms of the many who feel threatened and deprived by the same processes. These dynamics dominate many local political scenarios around issues of racism, immigration and ethnic and national militarised conflicts as well as global international relations constructed in terms of ‘the clash of civilisations’, ‘axes of evil’ and the ‘global war ...

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