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Citizenship ExcessLatino/as, Media, and the Nation$
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Hector Amaya

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708453

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708453.001.0001

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Staging Transnational Justice Claims in the Time of Coloniality

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Citizenship Excess

Hector Amaya

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the T. Don Hutto Detention Center—an agency that detains undocumented immigrant families, including children and toddlers–to study the problem of equating citizens with political agents. Framing the agency as part of the post-9/11 state of exception that saw the creation of legal tools such as “enemy combatant” as well as “extraordinary rendition,” the detention practice can be considered an example of political capital accumulation, which assumes that all politics are the purview of the nation. It also demonstrates that political capital accumulation—when taken to the extreme—becomes a tyrannic and nefarious manifestation of citizenship excess.

Keywords:   T. Don Hutto Detention Center, citizens, political agents, enemy combatant, extraordinary rendition, political capital accumulation, politics, citizenship excess

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