Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 9:00am-10:30am Concordia Seminary

Primary Session Category: Race and Ethnicity
Session Code: REth2-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: This session is informed by a conception of citizenship formation as processes of self-making and being-made by power relations that produce regulated and hierarchical positionalities (Foucault 1989, 1991; Hall 1996; Ang and Stratton 1994; Ong 1996, 2003, 2006). The empirical focus of the session is mostly on racialized, ethnicized, gendered subjects confronting exclusionary practices. Together the papers  address the following analytical themes: 1) social, cultural and political conditions in Canada or other contexts that shape citizenship formation processes through the regime of truths such as explicit and implicit racial and ethnic categories and ranking, mode and technology of power such as consent-producing rituals and rules; 2) claims to citizenship that are grounded in enduring notions of white supremacy, civilization, entrepreneurship, but also in other emerging notions of biopolitical capital such as age;  3) struggles over representations and ordering; 4) contesting, internalizing or circumventing practices of self-making in fields of power that include the state, civic institutions, and social groups; 5) pragmatic construction of belonging or solidarity.

Session Organizer: Xiaobei Chen, Carleton University, Sociology and Anthropology,

Chair: Melissa Conte, Carleton University


1. Shannon Speed

Discovering Canada: The making of citizens

2. Jolana Jarotkova

Cultural repertoires and citizenship construction : Congolose migrants in Brussels and in Ottawa-Gatineau

3. Palak Dhiman

Multiculturalism and Identity Formation Among Second Generation Canadian Women of South Asian Origin Through Indian Classical Dance

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