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: Immigrants who have resided in their ‘destination’ countries for long periods without becoming naturalized citizens but who nonetheless have substantial sets of rights.
Denizens lack citizenship but typically have secure rights of residence and cannot easily be deported. Key examples include American ‘green card’ holders, or those with ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK. A more common dictionary definition of the word is simply ‘inhabitants’, but it now has a more developed conceptual meaning primarily as a result of the work of Tomas Hammar (1990), who observed the need for a way to describe the status of people who are not full members of the society in question but who are not exactly foreigners either. Denizens are people who have become members of ...