Dis/abled decolonial human and citizenship futures

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    This article utilises the dual methodological lens of disability and decolonisation in order to critically examine, in interdisicplinary and global perspective, what it will mean to be both a ‘human’ and a ‘citizen’ in the 21st century. I propose the development of an epistemological framework and methodology of the dis/abling and decolonising of knowledge on humanness and citizenship in order to anticipate demographic, environmental, and technological futures. Firstly, I critically examine how critical disability approaches challenge the able-ist premises of liberal political theory. Secondly, by critically analysing US immigration and US/UK eugenics movements, I illustrate the able-ist, raced, and colonial constructs of human-ness and citizenship using a dual decolonial and disability methodological lens. Finally, I look towards anticipating human and citizen futures through the case of artificial intelligence, where I illustrate both its reification of a raced and able-ist status quo on the one hand, and the potential for changing terrains of the bounds of human-ness and citizenship.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCitizenship Studies
    Early online date27 Jun 2022
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jun 2022


    • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    • citizen
    • decolonisation
    • disability
    • future/s
    • human


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