PhD candidate Jillian Sunderland and Professor Anna Korteweg publish article in Social Politics

November 29, 2023 by Juanita Lam

Congratulations to PhD candidate Jillian Sunderland and Professor Anna Korteweg on their new publication in Social Politics. Their article, “Social Reproduction Gone Wrong? The Citizenship Revocation and Rehabilitation of Young European Women Who Joined ISIS” is co-authored with Gökçe Yurdakul and Marloes Streppel, and examines media discourses of rehabilitation and citizenship. Analyzing two cases of young European women who joined ISIS in the 2010s, the authors demonstrate how the symbolism of social reproduction, together with representations of these women as mothers, wives, and daughters, shaped whether they were rehabilitated or had their citizenship revoked. These findings suggest that media discourses about rehabilitation and citizenship are gendered, racialized, and classed – and that this construction of citizenship is “unattainable to those whose social reproductive labor is deemed a threat to the nation-state”. Find the full article in Social Politics.

Jillian Sunderland is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholar. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “From Crisis to Recovery: The Role of Gender Violence and State Power in Reshaping RCMP Legitimacy”.

Anna Korteweg is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research is in the areas of Colonialism, Racialization, Indigeneity, the Sociology of Gender, Global Migration, and Political Sociology.