The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants
The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants
The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants
Brand: Stanford University Press

The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants

  • Publish Date: 2013-01-09
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: David Cook-Martin

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Winner of theThomas and Znaniecki Award for the Best Book in International Migration 2014 (American Sociological Association).

It is commonly assumed that there is an enduring link between individuals and their countries of citizenship. Plural citizenship is therefore viewed with skepticism, if not outright suspicion. But the effects of widespread global migration belie common assumptions, and the connection between individuals and the countries in which they live cannot always be so easily mapped.

In The Scramble for Citizens, David Cook-Martn analyzes immigration and nationality laws in Argentina, Italy, and Spain since the mid 19th century to reveal the contextual dynamics that have shaped the quality of legal and affective bonds between nation-states and citizens. He shows how the recent erosion of rights and privileges in Argentina has motivated individuals to seek nationality in ancestral homelands, thinking two nationalities would be more valuable than one. This book details the legal and administrative mechanisms at work, describes the patterns of law and practice, and explores the implications for how we understand the very meaning of citizenship.

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