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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

About the Book

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

In this brilliantly argued and deeply personal work, Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using her own story as a starting point for an 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 cast their shadows today, poignantly illustrating how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation.

Weaving together her experiences with an examination of the place of nonwhites in the broader American culture, Lalami illuminates how conditional citizens are all those whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other.

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America
by Laila Lalami

  • Publication Date: October 19, 2021
  • Genres: Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0525436049
  • ISBN-13: 9780525436041