Locating the post-national activist:Migration rights, civil society and the practice of post-nationalism

Tonkiss, Katherine (2017). Locating the post-national activist:Migration rights, civil society and the practice of post-nationalism. Ethnic and Racial Studies ,


Theorists of post-nationalism examine the (re)configuration of national identity, membership and rights. Yet while normative scholarship has conceptualised post-nationalism as an ongoing practice of discursive contestation over the role of national group membership in liberal democratic societies, more empirical studies have tended to overlook these features to predominantly focus instead on top-down legal and political institution-building as evidence of post-nationalism. In this article I argue in favour of an empirical conceptualisation of post-nationalism which more effectively captures micro-level practices of discursive contestation. Specifically I posit that post-national activists, or actors engaging in post-national practices of contestation from within the state, are a key focus of analysis for scholars of post-nationalism. I develop this claim through the analysis of data collected with individuals working on civil society campaigns for migration rights in Europe, Australia and the USA who – I demonstrate – embody many of the characteristics of the post-national activist.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1409431
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Funding: British Academy, grant ref. SG142335.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activism; human rights; membership; migration; nationalism; post-nationalism
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 70.2017.1409431
Related URLs:
Published Online Date: 2017-12-13
Authors: Tonkiss, Katherine ( 0000-0002-0671-3357)



Version: Accepted Version

| Preview

Export / Share Citation


Additional statistics for this record