Through a detailed introductory discussion of the relation between the civil and the political, and between recognition and representation, this book provides a comprehensive vocabulary for understanding citizenship. It uses the work of T H Marshall to frame the critical interrogation of how ethnic, technological, ecological, cosmopolitan, sexual and cultural rights relate to citizenship. The authors show how the civil, political and social meanings of citizenship have been redefined by postmodernization and globalization.

Diasporic and Aboriginal Citizenship: Postcolonial Identities
Diasporic and aboriginal citizenship: Postcolonial identities

This chapter considers the impact of global migration on the ‘West’, the history of exclusionary legislation based on ethnic and racial groupings, and the consequences of subsequent political battles for the citizenship rights of ethnic and racial identities. Noting the increased use of a more global language of ‘human rights’, the chapter proceeds to discuss the decentring of the nation-state as a homogeneous and homogenizing ‘master identity’. The rise of multiculturalism and Aboriginal struggles for land and sovereignty are presented as examples of upward pressures on the modern nation-state and the subsequent challenges for an emerging postnational state. This chapter also seeks to come to terms with the perhaps contradictory fact that even as ...

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