Conditional Citizens (Hardcover)-LALAMI LAILA

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Conditional Citizens (Hardcover)-LALAMI LAILA

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Publisher: the Pantheon in; 1st edition (September 22, 2020)
Language: English
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524747165
ISBN-13 : 978-1524747169
Item weight: 340 G

A New York Times Editors' Choice • Best Book of the Year: Time, NPR, Bookpage, L.A. Times

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 American rights, liberties, and protections.

"Sharp, bracingly clear essays."—Entertainment Weekly

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 cast 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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