Download PDF by Engin F. Isin: Acts of Citizenship

By Engin F. Isin

ISBN-10: 1842779516

ISBN-13: 9781842779514

ISBN-10: 1848132638

ISBN-13: 9781848132634

This e-book introduces the concept that "acts of citizenship" so as to re-orientate the best way citizenship stories has been investigated over the past decade. The authors argue that investigating acts of citizenship in phrases irreducible to both prestige or perform, whereas nonetheless valuing this contrast, calls for a spotlight on these moments and tactics wherein matters represent themselves as electorate. Their research includes a sustained engagement with interdisciplinary proposal, drawing from new advancements not just in politics, sociology, geography and anthropology but additionally psychoanalysis, philosophy and background.

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To act can also mean to act or enact a character, or to impersonate or assume a character by mimicking or mocking. To act may also mean ‘to perform on the stage of existence’ or ‘to do things in the widest sense’ or ‘to conduct oneself ’ or to serve or stand in for something or somebody. To act on or upon implies regulating conduct according to certain norms or imperatives. Finally, to act, when used in conjunction with things, can mean to produce effects, fulfil functions or exert influence. As a verb, then, what is remarkably missing from the English usage is to begin, create or disrupt.

Both developed over a relatively long period of time various resistance practices ranging from folklore, theatre or music to social and political networks. But both movements transformed subjects into claimants of rights over a relatively short period of time through various acts that were symbolically isin&nielsen01 18 / 2/1/08 10:22 Page 18 PA R T I : P O L I T I C S , E T H I C S , A E S T H E T I C S and materially constitutive. Who can forget the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, when those named as ‘negroes’ claimed they could sit anywhere they wanted on the bus (Burns 1997)?

We can investigate, for example, ‘acts of forgiveness’ and consider under what conditions certain actors may come into being by becoming implicated in acts that we can identify as ‘acts of forgiveness’. Thus, it can be said that acts have a virtual existence that may be actualized under certain conditions. They are actualized, that is, made actual, by action. We can argue, as Derrida does (2001), that for an act of forgiveness to be an act of forgiveness it needs to be unconditional, and that there can be no conditional act of forgiveness.

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