This panel will explore spaces of conditional inclusion across a range of political and economic contexts. Each contribution approaches the theme based on a particular case of conditionally included people and their discursive figurations, such 'Good Citizens', 'Good Muslims', or 'Good Immigrants'.
This panel explores forms of conditional inclusion into social, economic and political spaces. As people around the world become included into certain spaces, nations, economies, places, or collective identities, such inclusion often has in-built conditions of being 'good'. In public discourse, this is often expressed though labels: 'Good Arabs' and 'Good Muslims', 'Good Immigrants' and 'Good Citizens', 'Model Minorities', or the 'Permitted Indian' explored by Charles Hale. Crucially, these tropes of conditional inclusion are much more than idealized representations; they are spaces in which the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion are negotiated. Who is part of what, and on what condition, becomes visible through explorations of varying forms of 'goodness' as a negotiated condition. Offering research insights into these spaces will point at the 'unspoken parameters' of inclusion across a wide range of contexts, be it neoliberalism, settler colonialism, or certain professional and ethnic groups. These parameters are negotiated by individuals, and form part of the pre-determined limits of inclusion. The benefits for some often necessitate the exclusion of others. This panel features contributions that engage critically with a particular case of conditional inclusion, grounded both in the discourses and the ethnographic realities that help us understand these ambivalent spaces of inclusion through a dialectic between labeling and practice. Aiming at a comparative perspective grounded in anthropological research, the panel explores the shared logics and unique characteristics behind contemporary forms of conditional inclusion across a variety of cases.