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1st Edition

Dual Citizenship in Europe
From Nationhood to Societal Integration

Edited By

Thomas Faist

ISBN 9781138275584
Published October 31, 2016 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

In an age of terrorism and securitized immigration, dual citizenship is of central theoretical and political concern. The contributors to this timely volume examine policies regarding dual citizenship across Europe, covering a wide spectrum of countries. The case studies explore the negotiated character and boundaries of political membership and the fundamental beliefs and arguments within distinct political cultures and institutional settings which have shaped debates and policies on citizenship. The analyses explore the similarities and differences in the politics of dual citizenship, to identify the dominant terms of public debates within and across selected immigration and emigration states in Europe. The research demonstrates that policies on dual citizenship are not simply explained by different concepts of nationhood. Instead, concepts of societal integration, which may well be contested in a given polity, are extremely influential.



Thomas Faist is Professor of Transnational Relations and Development Studies at Bielefeld University, Germany. His research focuses on international migration, ethnic relations, social policy, and transnationalization and has published widely in these fields.


’This is a remarkable book. The analysis combines multiple perspectives and approaches and develops a coherent framework for five European case studies. How can the growing toleration of dual nationality be explained? Will this trend be reversed as more and more states view migration as a security threat? Anybody interested in these questions will have to read this book.’ Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Italy ’This study is characterized by its transformation of the traditional perspectives on citizenship and by the coherent analyses of five case studies, each of which follows a consistent pattern. These two features make possible not only revealing comparisons between countries, but a re-examination of paths in the development of thinking concerning dual citizenship.’ Robert Gould, European Studies, Carleton University, Canada ’...this well-researched and thoughtful book contributes significantly to an understanding of (particularly Western) European policies of belonging and exclusion.’ Translocations 'How accepted is the phenomenon of dual citizenship across Europe? Whereas traditionally the simultaneous membership of two, or even more, polities was widely regarded as an anomaly within the international state system, legislative changes in an increasing number of European states over the past decades signify a more tolerant attitude towards dual citizenship. This volume aims to assess and explain this trend comparatively, and presents the results of a collaborative research effort between researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey and Poland, under-taken over the period from 2002 until 2005...All five cases, in different ways, very nicely illustrate the path-dependent and negotiated character of citizenship' Political Studies Review