Citizenship and Immigration: Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Challenges to the Nation-State

Posted: 6 Jun 2008

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Irene Bloemraad

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology

Anna Korteweg

University of Toronto - Department of Sociology

Gökçe Yurdakul

Trinity College Dublin

Abstract

Citizenship encompasses legal status, rights, participation, and belonging. Traditionally anchored in a particular geographic and political community, citizenship evokes notions of national identity, sovereignty, and state control, but these relationships are challenged by the scope and diversity of international migration. This review considers normative and empirical debates over citizenship and bridges an informal divide between European and North American literatures. We focus on citizenship within nation-states by discussing ethnic versus civic citizenship, multiculturalism, and assimilation. Going beyond nation-state boundaries, we also look at transnational, postnational, and dual citizenships. Throughout, we identify methodological and theoretical challenges in this field, noting the need for a more dynamic and comprehensive understanding of the inter-relationships between the dimensions of citizenship and immigration.

Keywords: integration, rights, transnationalism, postnational citizenship, dual citizenship, participation

Suggested Citation

Bloemraad, Irene and Korteweg, Anna and Yurdakul, Gökçe, Citizenship and Immigration: Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Challenges to the Nation-State. Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 34, August 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142063

Irene Bloemraad (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology ( email )

410 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Anna Korteweg

University of Toronto - Department of Sociology ( email )

3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6
Canada

Gökçe Yurdakul

Trinity College Dublin ( email )

Ireland

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