States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jacqueline Stevens

States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals

Columbia University Press
Publication date: November 2009
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As citizens, we hold certain truths to be self-evident: that the rights to own land, marry, inherit property, and especially to assume birthright citizenship should be guaranteed by the state. The laws promoting these rights appear not only to preserve our liberty but to guarantee society remains just. Yet considering how much violence and inequality results from these legal mandates, Jacqueline Stevens asks whether we might be making the wrong assumptions. Would a world without such laws be more just?Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, 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 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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States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jacqueline Stevens
Columbia University Press, November 2009
ISBN: 9780231520218
EAN:  9780231520218
ePub (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $27.99 eBook price: $24.99
States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Jacqueline Stevens
Columbia University Press, November 2009
ISBN: 9780231520218
EAN:  2370006124726
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List Price: $27.99 eBook price: $24.99