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The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy

Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago)
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Language
English
Series
Classics After Antiquity
ISBN
9781107052437, 1107052432
Summary
"In the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, immigrants called 'metics' (metoikoi) settled in Athens without a path to citizenship. Galvanized by these political realities, classical thinkers cast a critical eye on the nativism defining democracy's membership rules and explored the city's anxieties over intermingling and passing. Yet readers continue to treat immigration and citizenship as separate phenomena of little interest to theorists writing at the time. In The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy, Demetra Kasimis makes visible the long-overlooked centrality of immigration to the originary practices of democracy and political theory in Athens. She dismantles the interpretive and political assumptions that have led readers to turn away from the metic and reveals the key role this figure plays in such texts as Plato's Republic. The result is a series of original readings that boldly reframes urgent questions about how democracies order their non-citizen members"--
Description
xvii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-199) and index.
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