Citizenship policies in the age of diversity. Europe at the crossroads

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Ricard Zapata-Barrero (ed.)

While confronting a certain sense of crisis in the management of immigrant diversity, many European States are opting for a citizen­ship-based policy approach. The current debate suggests that we are facing an important change of direction. The category of citizenship is entering the political agenda of most European states as a policy for managing diversity. This political link was already fuelling academic debates during the two last decades of the 20th century, but now it is crossing the academic realm and entering into that of policy. This shift constitutes the basic framework of this book. European states are using citizenship as a policy response to the multicultural crisis. In accordance with M. Walzer’s (1983) seminal work on distributive justice, states are becoming aware of the fact that citizenship is a primary good for allocating membership to a political community. The re-definition or consolidation of the old institution of citizenship touches on impor­tant normative questions of political membership in diverse societies, as it modifies the relation between national identity and formal politi­cal membership. As for a state’s authority to decide who may enter national territory (the territorial border where migrants become immi­grants), the allocation of citizenship is one of the major bastions of nation-states’ sovereignty in the management of immigration. Citizen­ship is not only a device for sorting out “wanted” and “unwanted” migrants, it also establishes a second gateway that immigrants have to pass through in order to become full members of the polity.

ISBN: 978-84-82511-12-9

177 pp.

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Introduction: Re-definition or consolidation? The citizenship rhetoric in Europe
Ricard Zapata-Barrero

The culture of citizenship. A reflection on civic integration in Europe
Per Mouritsen

The inevitable lightening of citizenship
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Promoting `national values´ in citizenship tests in Germany and Australia. A response to the current discourse on Muslims?
Jennifer E. Cheng

Conceptualising citizenship: Tool or reward for integration?
Elena Jurado

Citizenship, democracy, and the State of identity: Reinterpreting the relationship in new contexts of diversity
Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez

Hidden Connections: Citizenship and anti-discrimination policy in Europe
Jacqueline S. Gehring

The Europeanisation of civic integration policies: Why do member states continue to go their own way
Suzanne Mulcahy

Multi-nation building? Immigrant integration policies in the autonomous communities of Catalonia and Madrid
Andrew Davis

Promoting citizenship: The choices for immigrants, advocates, and European cooperation
Thomas Huddleston

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