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Chapter 1 discusses the central theoretical frame of ingenious citizenship. It reconceives liberal citizenship as a cultural script, a standardizing and domineering way of life that governs how human subjects ought to live and participate as “proper” citizens, in different realms such as political life, economic life, gender life, and life itself. The liberal citizenship script contains elements of ideology (à la Marx), hegemony (à la Gramsci), and discourse (à la Foucault) that exist in a shifting continuum. This moving continuum molds different types of liberal citizen-subjects in varied sites, rendering the script both durable (hegemonic) and elastic (heterogeneous) in...

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