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Citizenship acquisition and national belonging : migration, membership and the liberal democratic state / edited by Gideon Calder, Phillip Cole, and Jonathan Seglow.


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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Book
  • x, 184 p. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-180) and index.
  • Introduction-- P.Cole On Membership and Free Movement-- T.Torresi The American Fence: Liberal Political Theory and the Immorality of Membership-- P.Cole Resident Aliens, Non-resident Citizens and Voting Rights: Towards a Pluralist Theory of Transnational Political Equality and Modes of Political Belonging-- D.Owen Becoming Citizens: Naturalization in the Liberal State-- J.Hampshire Republican Requirements for Access to Citizenship-- I.Honohan Linguistic Competence and Citizenship Acquisition-- A.Shorten What is 'Britishness', and is it Important?-- R.Sales Introducing the Majority to Ethnicity: Do They Like What They See?-- S.Fenton & R.Mann Conclusion: Practice and Policy-- G.Calder & J.Seglow.
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Publisher's Summary:
What does it take to become a citizen of a particular nation? In a globalizing world, and with increasing international mobility, is it justified to restrict membership of a society? If so, on what grounds? Do societies need a distinctive national culture in order to thrive -- and should this be a factor in the allocation of citizenship to those migrating from elsewhere? How is national identity actually perceived among the existing citizens of western countries? In this volume major commentators, from a range of critical perspectives, explore a series of pressing, controversial issues surrounding the acquisition of citizenship, in theory and practice. These issues are of key importance for policy makers and social institutions, and for the self-understanding of contemporary societies. This book will be vital reading for students and researchers in Political Theory, Sociology, Law, Social Policy, Ethics, and other disciplines where the current debates around migration and citizenship apply.
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Calder, Gideon, 1971-
Cole, Phillip.
Seglow, Jonathan, 1968-
Migration, minorities, and citizenship.

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