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The perpetual immigrant and the limits of Athenian democracy

Author: Demetra Kasimis
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Classics after antiquity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
830 0Classics after antiquity.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Demetra Kasimis
ISBN: 9781107052437 1107052432 9781107670464 1107670462
OCLC Number: 1030904084
Description: xvii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Part I. Autochthony Trouble: 1. The metic in and out of theory; 2. Immigrant passing in Euripides' Ion, the tragedy of blood-based membership; Part II. A Metric Republic in Three Acts: 3. The Republic as a metic space; 4. Plato's open decret; 5. Of mimesis and metic: a reading of democracy in Book VIII; Part III. Evading Detection: 6. Citizen passing in Demosthenes 57: the oration of Athenian blood; Conclusion: political theory from the edges of Athenian democracy; Appendix. A metic timeline.
Series Title: Classics after antiquity.
Responsibility: Demetra Kasimis.

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Argues that immigration politics is a central - but overlooked - object of inquiry in the democratic thought of classical Athens. Thinkers criticized democracy's strategic investments in nativism,  Read more...

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'The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy expands the frontier of critical democratic theory by offering original and insightful readings of Plato's political philosophy, Read more...

 
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