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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 582-597; doi:10.3390/socsci4030582

Deviant Citizenship: DREAMer Activism in the United States and Transnational Belonging

Department of Peace and Global Studies, Earlham College, 801 National Rd W, Richmond, IN 47374, USA
Academic Editor: Joanna Swanger
Received: 4 May 2015 / Revised: 2 July 2015 / Accepted: 8 July 2015 / Published: 10 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cross-Border Movements and Subjectivities in a Globalized World)
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My analysis places the assertions of political presence by non-citizen immigrant youth in the U.S. (often referred to as DREAMers) within a rapidly globalizing world; this placement re-frames the DREAMers’ movement from a fight for U.S. citizenship to a broader critique of the limits and impossibility of liberal democratic citizenship, which claims to be all-inclusive. Increased transnational migration has brought into stark relief the inequality that current frameworks of nation-state citizenship, as a caste-system of rights, have codified. I am interested in the activism of immigrant youth as a place to explore where immigrants themselves are reasserting the right to politics. This reassertion privileges the social embeddedness of family ties and community above the notion of individual choice or individual rationality. In doing so, this articulation of politics is a critique of the liberal order by forcing the consideration of the contexts and structures that create migration, exploitation, and transnational communities of belonging. View Full-Text
Keywords: DREAMers; immigrant activism; right to politics; citizenship; politics of deviance; transnational belonging DREAMers; immigrant activism; right to politics; citizenship; politics of deviance; transnational belonging
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Weber-Shirk, J. Deviant Citizenship: DREAMer Activism in the United States and Transnational Belonging. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 582-597.

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