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Conditional citizens : on belonging in America / Laila Lalami.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

"What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth--such as national origin, race, or gender--that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today. Throughout the book, she poignantly illustrates how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation, with the result that a caste system is maintained, keeping the modern equivalent of white male landowners at the top of the social hierarchy. Conditional citizens, she argues, are all the people whom America embraces with one arm, and pushes away with the other."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 323.60973 LAL 2020 (Text) 33892100705517 Adult New Books Book None 10/23/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524747169
  • ISBN: 1524747165
  • Physical Description: 191 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Allegiance -- Faith -- Borders -- Assimilation -- Tribe -- Caste -- Inheritance -- Do not despair of this country.
Summary, etc.:
"What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth--such as national origin, race, or gender--that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today. Throughout the book, she poignantly illustrates how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation, with the result that a caste system is maintained, keeping the modern equivalent of white male landowners at the top of the social hierarchy. Conditional citizens, she argues, are all the people whom America embraces with one arm, and pushes away with the other." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Citizenship > United States.
United States > Emigration and immigration.
Naturalization > United States.
Discrimination > United States.
Citizenship.
Discrimination.
Emigration and immigration.
Naturalization.
United States.

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