Article written by 2011 DPDF Provincializing Global Urbanism: Toward Multiple Urban Futures codirector Helga Leitner and Christopher Strunk in Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Challenging representations of immigrants as victims of the biopolitical power of the state, and of citizenship as reinforcing such repression, this article interrogates how immigrant advocacy has been contesting the proliferation of exclusionary immigration policies in the United States and in the course of this pushing against the boundaries of formal liberal democratic citizenship. Using Washington, DC, as a case study, and deploying the concept of insurgent citizenship to theorize these actions, we examine the polyvalence of immigrant advocacy, paying particular attention to the spaces and scales of struggle and flexibly networked mobilizations. Insurgent citizenship creates new political spaces that exceed the national territorial framing of liberal democratic citizenship, that focus on civic action rather than simply relying on the electoral process, and that lay claim to new values and criteria for citizenship.

Publication Details

Spaces of Immigrant Advocacy and Liberal Democratic Citizenship
Leitner, Helga
Taylor & Francis
Publish Date
February 2014
Leitner, Helga, Spaces of Immigrant Advocacy and Liberal Democratic Citizenship (Taylor & Francis, February 2014).