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Cities Without Citizens


This publication, edited by Eduardo Cadava and Aaron Levy, begins with a series of questions, including: What is the relation between a city and its inhabitants, between a city and its citizens, or between a city and all the people from which it perhaps withholds its protections? What is citizenship and how is it established or lost, asserted or taken away? These questions have become more urgent than ever because of the permeability of today's city, and its relation to the expanding forces of capital, globalization and information technologies. Seeking a democracy that would exist beyond citizenship and citizenry, the contributors to this publication ask us to invent the city anew, and to invent a sociality that is not determined in advance by belonging to a community, a state, a nation, or even just a language. Contributors include Giorgio Agamben, Eyal Weizman, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Thomas Keenan, Deborah Gans, and others. Includes archival material about citizenship in early America from the archives of the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. 

Published by Slought and Rosenbach Museum, 2003
0-9714848-4-8 (ISBN)