A. Aneesh

Mutations Of Citizenship: India and The World

How to “include” people who increasingly find themselves outside the state’s sheltering sky? While the notion of national citizenship has long held the promise of inclusion, it has proved less useful in a world of circulating cultures, people, and loyalties
through money, media, and migration. It is not surprising that dual and multiple citizenships are on the rise across the globe. Yet, given rampant anti-immigrant sentiments, is it possible to transcend the debate that pits immigrants against citizens in the global age? As new possibilities emerge, we may use India’s Overseas Citizenship scheme to think and talk about changing formats of citizenship.

A. Aneesh is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Previously, he taught in the Science and Technology Program at Stanford University (2001-04). Author of Virtual Migration: the Programming of Globalization (Duke 2006), his scholarship intersects a plurality of research realms: globalization, migration, and technology. With a wide background in the social, cultural, and technological landscape of India and the United States, Aneesh has spent more than a decade researching and writing about nationalism, global software development, and about the world of immigrant programmers. Over the years his scholarship has included awards and grants from the McArthur Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Population Council, and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Currently, Aneesh has recently completed a book manuscript, Neutral Accent, on India’s call centers, and starting a project on global citizenship.