Certifications of citizenship: the history, politics and materiality of identity documents in South Asian states and diasporas

  title={Certifications of citizenship: the history, politics and materiality of identity documents in South Asian states and diasporas},
  author={Vasudha Chhotray and Fiona McConnell},
  journal={Contemporary South Asia},
  pages={111 - 126}
Experiences in the post-partition Indian subcontinent refute the conventional expectation that the ‘possession of citizenship enables the acquisition of documents certifying it’ [Jayal 2013. Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 71]. Instead, identity papers of various types play a vital part in certifying and authenticating claims to citizenship. This is particularly important in a context where the history of state formation, continuous… Expand
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