Understanding Membership in a World of Global Migration: (How) Does Citizenship Matter?
Irene Bloemraad and
International Migration Review, 2017, vol. 51, issue 4, 823-867
This article synthesizes the literature on citizenship and immigration to evaluate the heft of citizenship and theorize why it matters. We examine why citizenship laws vary crossâ€ nationally and why some immigrants acquire citizenship while others do not. We consider how citizenship influences rights, identities, and participation and the mechanisms by which citizenship could influence lives. We consider frameworks, such as cultural and performative citizenship, that deâ€ center legal status and the nationâ€ state. Ultimately, we argue for a claimsâ€ making approach to citizenship, one that is a relational process of recognition, includes actors outside the individual/state dyad, and focuses on claims to legitimate membership.
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