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Partible Citizenship

Title: Partible Citizenship: Transnational Discourses of Belonging in Tijuana's Deported Communities.
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Name(s): Dennis, Taegan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2019-04-26
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: US military veterans deported to their country of origin in Mexico argue that since they have served in the country’s military they have proven their right to citizenship and its state benefits, especially the ability to live permanently on the northern side of the US-Mexico border. In comparison, nonveteran deportees believe that they have a claim to residence because of the years spent in the US and the family ties developed there. Using interviews from both deported veterans and deported nonveterans living in Tijuana, Mexico, this project explores how deportees argue for their “repatriation” to be reunited with their family in the US, destabilizing US assumptions of citizenship as legal monolith. Parallelling Marilyn Strathern’s (1988) concept of partible personhood in Melanesian gift exchanges, deportees attempt to reproduce the citizen/state transaction with the US to builds relations in order to secure their return, refashioning reciprocal exchanges as moral debts between states and citizens. Deported veterans’ ability to organize transnationally and alter US law—all the while formally excluded from its democracy—demonstrates a transnational, partible citizenship that circulates via US militarism and excludes other members of Mexico’s repatriated people. This project examines discourses of belonging from both deported veterans and deported nonveterans to argue for a partible citizenship that circulates via transnational networks of care.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556300894_b4880611 (IID)
Keywords: citizenship, anthropology, Mexico, deportation, military
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556300894_b4880611
Host Institution: FSU

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Dennis, T. (2019). Partible Citizenship: Transnational Discourses of Belonging in Tijuana's Deported Communities. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556300894_b4880611