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Conditional Citizens

(2020)
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What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth—such as national origin, race, and gender—that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still their shadows today.
 
Lalami poignantly illustrates how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation, with the result that a caste system is maintained that keeps the modern equivalent of white male landowners at the top of the social hierarchy. Conditional citizens, she argues, are all the people with whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other.
 
Brilliantly argued and deeply personal, Conditional Citizens weaves together Lalami’s own experiences with explorations of the place of nonwhites in the broader American culture.



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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-5247-4716-5 / 978-1-5247-4716-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Audio Editions

September 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Pantheon
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