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Immigrant AmbassadorsCitizenship and Belonging in the Tibetan Diaspora$
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Julia Meredith Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760171

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760171.001.0001

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Statelessness and the State: The Meanings of Citizenship

Statelessness and the State: The Meanings of Citizenship

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Immigrant Ambassadors
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This chapter examines the processes by which Tibetans become U.S. citizens. It attempts to show how the state subjugates its members, while also showing the ways in which the state fails to subjugate its people. The analysis shows how U.S. Tibetans understand their own experiences, mobilize resistance, and negotiate with the state in ways that forge new subjectivities. This chapter explores the ways in which individual actors resist and negotiate state-defined categories of nationality and civil status. It argues that naturalization occurs through a process of domination, never totalizing, that requires would-be citizens to make themselves subject to the state.

Keywords:   naturalization, U.S. Tibetans, state subjugation, civil status, U.S. citizens

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