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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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SASSEN, Saskia. Incompleteness and the Possibility of Making. Towards Denationalized Citizenship?. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2016, vol.61, n.226, pp.107-139. ISSN 0185-1918.

This article outlines the changing connection of citizenship to both, the national and the global. By envisaging citizenship as a contract incompletely theorized between the state and the citizen, and locating its inquiry in the point of incompleteness, the author opens up a discussion on the construal of the political. The central argument is that the formal institution of citizenship's incompleteness enables those alien to it to demand an expansion of inclusions. It has been those left outside -whether it is a citizen forced into a minority, or an immigrant- who have continued to transform the institution in time and space. Moments of instability make this phenomenon particularly visible. The nature of the present period of globalization shares this trait, even though its destabilization is partial. New kinds of political actors, who transform the relationship between state and individual, are created in this scenario, while they redraw the political.

Keywords : citizenship; denationalization; globalization; formalized institutions; incompleteness.

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