Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Definition: A formal status denoting rights (political rights, in particular) and a more general concept for understanding social membership. Some immigrants become naturalized citizens; immigration has also transformed the meaning of citizenship itself.
For most people citizenship is understood as an identifier of national belonging, codified as a legal status and signalled by the passport one holds: ‘I am a Canadian citizens.’ Such belonging has complex and comprehensive ramifications, however – which means that citizenship as a concept functions at the core of several social science fields. Some conventional ways of thinking about citizenship – in particular, the ostensibly natural association between membership in a nation and the possession of a set of rights – have come under severe strain as a consequence of ...