Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship

Tendayi Bloom (Editor), Lindsey N. Kingston (Editor)

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When a person is not recognised as a citizen anywhere, they are typically referred to as 'stateless'. This can give rise to challenges both for individuals and for the institutions that try to govern them. Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship breaks from tradition by relocating the 'problem' to be addressed from one of statelessness to one of citizenship. It problematises the governance of citizenship - and the use of citizenship as a governance tool - and traces the 'problem of citizenship' from global and regional governance mechanisms to national and even individual levels.

With contributions from activists, affected persons, artists, lawyers, academics, and national and international policy experts, this volume rejects the idea that statelessness and stateless persons are a problem. It argues that the reality of statelessness helps to uncover a more fundamental challenge: the problem of citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)9781526156402, 9781526156426
ISBN (Print)9781526156419
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Citizenship
  • Discrimination
  • Displacement
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Noncitizenship
  • Political Agency
  • Statelessness


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