Author Archives: Nicole Constable

About Nicole Constable

Nicole Constable is professor of anthropology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and research professor at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books about gender and migration in Asia, including Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (University of California Press, 2014). She is finishing a new book, entitled Passport Entanglements: Protection, Care and Precarious Migration (University of California Press, forthcoming), which traces the social lives and entanglements of passports with politicaleconomic and social forces that deeply impact the lives and experiences of Indonesian workers.

Simultaneous Citizen and Noncitizen: Displacement, Precarity, and Passports in Hong Kong

Abstract: Arguing against the reification of a citizen-noncitizen binary, and drawing on the example of economically precarious Indonesian workers and worker-activists in Hong Kong, I argue that simultaneous citizenship and non-citizenship (both a politico-legal citizen of one state and a non-citizen of another) can contribute to existential displacement in the form of disrupted lives and futures. The severe displacement of Indonesian workers, despite heroic mitigating efforts of migrant worker activists after a new passport renewal policy was introduced in 2015, illustrates how their displacement is Continue reading → Continue reading →