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Enacting biorelational citizenship in X-ray rooms and offices : on age assessments of migrants in Germany

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Netz, Sabine:
Enacting biorelational citizenship in X-ray rooms and offices : on age assessments of migrants in Germany.
In: Citizenship Studies. Vol. 23 (2019) Issue 7 . - pp. 720-737.
ISSN 1469-3593

Project information

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

In Germany, people categorised as ‘unaccompanied minor refugees’ have special rights, entitlements and possibilities. It is, for example, legally complicated to deport them. Since age is such a crucial marker of difference, the age statement of individual migrants is often scrutinised in their registration process through administrative, pedagogic and forensic practices. This ethnographic analysis of forensic age estimations in Hamburg, Germany, shows that one cannot simply read age from a young migrant’s bones. Rather, an individual’s age is enacted in a practice whereby age is not only dependent on a body, but also on the specific bureaucratic and scientific traditions, technologies and standards involved in assessing it. Thus, citizenship practices based on age not only draw on ‘the body’, but also – and more crucially – on varied scientific and bureaucratic practices. I propose the concept of ‘biorelational citizenship’ to grasp these shifting relationalities of the body in citizenship practices.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Biorelational citizenship; unaccompanied minor refugees; age assessments; biological citizenship; age
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 07:28
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 07:28