In the past four decades, states around the world have expanded and modified their citizenship laws in response to increasing cross-border mobility. On the one hand, this has led to more access and inclusion for a number of immigrants but at the same time, it also added new layers to existing racialized hierarchies of citizenship and belonging. This talk will introduce the concept of affective citizenship as a theoretical inquiry into affective dimensions of contemporary differential regimes of inclusion and exclusion. Focusing on current debates in Germany, it will explore the affective calibrations of who really belongs to the political community when formal equality is achieved through naturalization and what kind of affective boundary making demarcates the desired and tolerable migrant-citizen from the disposable one.
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