1st Edition

Transnational Citizenship and Migration

By Rainer Baubock Copyright 2017
    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    Transnational Citizenship is a puzzling concept if we think about citizenship as a relation between an individual, a state and the other citizens of that state. However, such a view of citizenship is no longer adequate in a world where states have become interdependent and where large numbers of individuals move across their borders. Responses of liberal democratic states to migration have created new statuses and rights of citizenship across international borders, multiple nationality is increasingly common and significant numbers of people engage in social and political practices of citizenship over long distances or participate locally without being recognized as citizens of the country where they reside.

    This collection of mostly classic and some less well-known essays focuses on the historical question whether transnational citizenship is a genuinely new phenomenon and the normative question how it can be reconciled with principles of equal status and rights of citizens. The book opens with a introductory essay on the concept and the academic debates it has triggered. Its nineteen other chapters are grouped into five sections focusing on historical trends, institutional change, shifting boundaries, transnationalism from below and inter-state relations.

    The book combines multiple disciplinary perspectives and sets the most important authors in dialogue with each other. It will provide very useful teaching material for courses on migration and citizenship in different academic disciplines at graduate and postgraduate level.

    Transnational Citizenship and Migration

    The Library of Contemporary Essays in Governance and Political Theory

    Edited by Rainer Baubock


    1. Randolph Bourne, ‘Trans-national America’, The Atlantic Monthly 118, July 1916, 86-97.

    2. Raymond Aaron, ‘Is Multinational Citizenship Possible?’, Social Research 41, 4, 1974, 638-656.

    3. Jürgen Habermas, ‘Citizenship and National Identity: Some Reflections on the Future of Europe’, Praxis International 12, 1, 1992, 1-19.

    4. Nina Glick Schiller, Linda Basch and Cristina Blanc-Szanton, ‘Transnationalism: A New Analytic Framework for Understanding Migration’, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 645, 1992, pp. 1–24

    5. Seyla Benhabib, ‘Citizens, Residents, and Aliens in a Changing World: Political Membership in the Global Era’, Social Research 66, 3, 1999, 709-744.

    6. Linda Bosniak: Denationalizing Citizenship’, in T.A. Aleinikoff and D. Klusmeyer (eds), Citizenship: Comparison and Perspectives (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2001), pp. 237-252.

    7. Christian Joppke, ‘How Immigration is Changing Citizenship: A Comparative View’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 22, 4, 1999, 629-652.

    8. Thomas Faist, ‘Transnationalization in International Migration: Implications for the Study of Citizenship and Culture’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 23, 2, 2000, 189-222.

    9. Randall Hansen, ‘The Poverty of Postnationalism: Citizenship, Immigration, and the New Europe’, Theory and Society 38, 2009, 1-24.

    10. Claudio López-Guerra, ‘Should Expatriates Vote?’, The Journal of Political Philosophy 13, 2, 2005, 216-234.

    11. Sofia Näsström, ‘The Legitimacy of the People’, Political Theory 35, 5, 2007, 624-658.

    12. David Owen, ‘Transnational Citizenship and the Democratic State: Modes of Membership and Voting Rights’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14, 5, 2011, 641-663.

    13. Rainer Bauböck. ‘Morphing the Demos into the Right Shape: Normative Principles for Enfranchising Resident Aliens and Expatriate Citizens’, Democratization 22, 5, 2015, 820-839.

    14. Alejandro Portes, Luis E. Guarnizo and Patricia Landolt, ‘The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Field’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 1, 1, 1999, 217-237.

    15. Peggy Levitt, ‘Transnational Migration: Taking Stock and Future Directions’, Global Networks 1, 3, 2001, 195-216.

    16. Roger Waldinger and David Fitzgerald, ‘Transnationalism in Question’, American Journal of Sociology 109, 5, 2004, 1177–1195.

    17. Peter J. Spiro, ‘Dual Citizenship as a Human Right’, International Journal of Constitutional Law 8, 1, 2010, 111-130.

    18. Brigid Fowler, ‘Fuzzing Citizenship, Nationalising Political Space: A Framework for Interpreting the Hungarian "Status Law" as a New Form of Kin-state Policy in Central and Eastern Europe’, in Zoltan Kántor, Balázs Majtényi, Osamu Ieda, Balázs Vizi and Iván Halász (eds), The Hungarian Status Law: Nation Building and/or Minority Protection (Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2004), pp. 177-238.

    19. Rogers Brubaker and Jaeeun Kim, ‘Transborder Membership Politics in Germany and Korea’, European Journal of Sociology 52, 1, 2011, 21-75.



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