By David Cesarani, Mary Fulbrook
All through Europe longstanding rules of what it capacity to be a citizen are being challenged. The experience of belonging to a state hasn't ever been extra in flux. at the same time, nationalistic and racist hobbies are gaining flooring and limitations are being erected opposed to immigration. This quantity examines how options of citizenship have developed in numerous international locations and ranging contexts. It explores the interconnection among rules of the state, modes of citizenship and the therapy of migrants. Adopting a multi-disciplinary and overseas process, this assortment brings jointly specialists from a number of fields together with political stories, historical past, legislations and sociology. through juxtaposing 4 ecu international locations - Britain, France, Germany and Italy - and environment present traits opposed to a old historical past, it highlights vital adjustments and exposes similarities within the pressing questions surrounding citizenship and the remedy of minorities in Europe this present day.
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Several of the chapters in this book examine these trends in detail. Here it will suffice to mention that French presidential contenders Jean-Marie Le Pen and Philippe de Villiers both inscribed anti-immigrant and anti-Maastricht slogans on their election banners. Like the British right, they see European integration eroding each country's power to control the influx of aliens. 5 How is it possible to explain the paradox of insurgent nationalism at a time of European integration? What role do the very mechanisms of integration play in the exclusion of non-Europeans?
For example, the International Labour Organisation defines and monitors the observance of the rights of migrant workers, demanding and obtaining for them entitlements which at one time only citizens of a country might customarily have expected to receive. 'What we have is a trend towards a new model of membership anchored in deterritorialized notions of persons rights' (see p. 21). Elspeth Guild explains the rapidly changing nature of European citizenship and nationality (chapter 3). Under the Maastricht Treaty citizens of individual EU member states acquired a second citizenship: that of the EU.
There can be few more blatant, or successful, efforts at constructing difference than the Northern Leagues in Italy. Carlo Ruzza and Oliver Schmidtke (chapter 11) show how Umberto Bossi and his followers artfully manufactured a Northern Italian identity which had no ethnic, linguistic or cultural basis. Yet the sense of belonging, rooted in the notion of residence in a certain area and an elective affinity with a group of people defined against outsiders, facilitated political mobilization and proved immensely flexible.