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Political Community of Fate or Postnational State? The Persistence of the Other in Contemporary German Citizenship

31 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2011 Last revised: 6 Mar 2011

Kiran Banerjee

University of Toronto - Department of Political Science

Date Written: March 3, 2011

Abstract

This paper looks to contemporary debates about the emergence of post-national forms of membership and analyzes their significance as potential challenges to exclusionary conceptions of citizenship and the state. Taking seriously the claims of cosmopolitan theorists that transnational institutions like the European Union offer the promise of eroding the tension between the rights of citizens and the rights of others, I take up the case of contemporary transformations in German citizenship to argue that present dynamics of inclusion are far more ambivalent. While recent shifts in the legal status of EU citizenship do herald the emergence of a robust form of post-national status, these transformations only highlight the growing gap between the rights of Europeans and those of nationals from outside the EU for whom limited access to national citizenship remains a central concern. Recognizing these contradictory dynamics is important for theorists to take note of because of the promissory role the EU so frequently plays in the work of cosmopolitans and post-nationalists; in truth the contemporary politics of inclusion indicates a far less sanguine present.

Keywords: Citizenship, Postnationalism, Political Exclusion, Transationalism, EU Citizenship, Germany

Suggested Citation

Banerjee, Kiran, Political Community of Fate or Postnational State? The Persistence of the Other in Contemporary German Citizenship (March 3, 2011). Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1767041

Kiran Banerjee (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Political Science ( email )

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