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Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects by Peter Kivisto

By Peter Kivisto

An important addition to the starting to be physique of literature on citizenship, this wide-ranging evaluation makes a speciality of the significance, and altering nature, of citizenship. It introduces the various discourses and theories that experience arisen lately, and appears towards destiny scholarship within the field.Offers an analytical overview of a number of the thematic discourses and gives counsel in pulling jointly these discrete topics right into a better, extra complete framework Identifies the 4 greatly conceived topics that form the various discourses on modern citizenship – inclusion, erosion, withdrawal, and growth incorporates a thorough advent to the topic

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The concerted efforts to remove black voters from the rolls in Florida and elsewhere during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections testifies to the fact that, four decades into the post-civil rights era, what Paul Sniderman and Thomas Piazza (1993) call “the scar of race” has not healed – cosmetic surgery notwithstanding. INCLUSION 33 It was in the heat of the civil rights struggle that a new immigration law, the Hart-Celler Act (1965), was passed (Schneider 2001). Its liberal sponsors sought to end the racist character of existing law by abolishing the national quotas system.

Lawmakers did not see the act as designed to protect or preserve native languages over time. Perhaps the only significant exception to this focus on minority individual rights was the gerrymandering of electoral districts to enhance the likelihood of increasing minority membership in Congress. Turning to a nonsettler nation, during the second half of the past century Britain became a site of both ethnonationalist movements and, coincident with the collapse of empire, the mass immigration of residents from various Commonwealth nations.

In terms of immigration control, Asians were singled out earliest. More specifically, with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Chinese were the fi rst group to be denied admission to the United States. The Gentleman’s Agreement of 1907 was designed to place strict limits on the number of Japanese that could enter the country. However, this was merely the beginning of a far more aggressive campaign of immigration restriction that arose during a period of unprecedented immigration.

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