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Citizenship Excess
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“Drawing on the Athenian tradition of ‘wielding citizenship as a weapon to defend a contingently defined polis,’ Hector Amaya has crafted an elegant and sophisticated analysis of the contemporary policies designed to contain and criminalize Latina/os.  Citizenship Excess demonstrates that he is one of the leading Latina/o Media Scholars today.”
 —Angharad N. Valdivia, General Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies and author of Latina/os
 
Drawing on contemporary conflicts between Latino/as and anti-immigrant forces, Citizenship Excess illustrates the limitations of liberalism as expressed through U.S. media channels. Inspired by Latin American critical scholarship on the “coloniality of power,” Amaya demonstrates that nativists use the privileges associated with citizenship to accumulate power.  That power is deployed to aggressively shape politics, culture, and the law, effectively undermining Latino/as who are marked by the ethno-racial and linguistic difference that nativists love to hate. Yet these social characteristics present crucial challenges to the political, legal, and cultural practices that define citizenship.
 
Amaya examines the role of ethnicity and language in shaping the mediated public sphere through cases ranging from the participation of Latino/as in the Iraqi war and pro-immigration reform marches to labor laws restricting Latino/a participation in English-language media and news coverage of undocumented immigrant detention centers. Citizenship Excess demonstrates that the evolution of the idea of citizenship in the United States and the political and cultural practices that define it are intricately intertwined with nativism.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction: Latinas/os and Citizenship Excess
  2. pp. 1-37
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  1. Part I Defending the Walls
  2. pp. 39-39
  1. 1. Toward a Latino Critique of Public Sphere Theory
  2. pp. 41-67
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  1. 2. Nativism and the 2006 Pro-Immigration Reform Rallies
  2. pp. 68-94
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  1. 3. Hutto: Staging Transnational Justice Claims in the Time of Coloniality
  2. pp. 95-122
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  1. 4. English- and Spanish-Language Media
  2. pp. 123-157
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  1. Part II Conditions of Inclusion
  2. pp. 159-159
  1. 5. Labor and the Legal Structuring of Media Industries in the Case of Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006)
  2. pp. 161-189
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  1. 6. Mediating Belonging, Inclusion, and Death
  2. pp. 190-220
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  1. Conclusion: The Ethics of Nation
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. References
  2. pp. 243-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-274
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 275-275
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