Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

Penguin Random House Audio

Narrated by Laila Lalami

5 hr 48 min
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A New York Times Editors' Choice
Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, NPR, Bookpage and the L.A. Times.
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 

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 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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Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio
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Published on
Sep 22, 2020
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Duration
5h 48m 11s
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ISBN
9780593170335
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
Political Science / Civil Rights
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Eligible for Family Library

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