chapter  5
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The Citizen and the Migrant Subject: Postcolonial Anxieties, Law, and the Politics of Exclusion/Inclusion

In this chapter I focus on the normative criteria on which citizenship laws are based in postcolonial India, which reinscribe citizenship within dominant racial, religious, sexual, and cultural norms. I argue that the migrant subject not only exposes these norms, but also how the ‘excess’, that which does not fall within the dominant norms and boundaries of citizenship, is regarded as transgressive and justifi ably subject to restraint, persecution, censorship, social stigma, incarceration, and even annihilation.