Drawing on a range of political theories, Neocitizenship also suggests that theory is at a disadvantage in thinking the historical present, since its analytical categories are wrought in the very historical contexts whose dissolution we now seek to comprehend. Cherniavsky thus supplements theory with a focus on popular culture that explores the de-democratization for citizenship in more generative and undecided ways. Tracing the contours of neocitizenship in fiction through examples such as The White Boy Shuffle and Distraction, television shows like Battlestar Galactica, and in the design of American studies abroad, Neocitizenship aims to take the measure of a transformation in process, while evading the twin lures of optimism and regret.
“Sophisticated and fresh, Neocitizenship breathes new life into the discourse on neoliberalism. Cherniavsky’s provocative study of the emergence of new political subjectivities amid the decline of the nation-state as a guarantor of rights and a repository of popular sovereignty will galvanize conversations around neoliberalism, citizenship, and affective economies. This is a book certain to generate a great deal of heat as well as light.”
—Cotten Seiler, author of Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America
"Neocitizenship is an alarming look into a future in which the neoliberal democratic system has fallen apart."
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