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Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States
edited by Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell
Rutgers University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8135-4330-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-7780-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4329-1
Library of Congress Classification JV6477.C58 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.32912094


Immigration is continuously and rapidly changing the face of Western countries. While newcomers are harbingers of change, host nations also participate in how new populations are incorporated into their social and political fabric.

Bringing together a transcontinental group of anthropologists, this book provides an in-depth look at the current processes of immigration, political behavior, and citizenship in both the United States and Europe. Essays draw on issues of race, national identity, religion, and more, while addressing questions, including: How should citizenship be defined? In what ways do immigrants use the political process to achieve group aims? And, how do adults and youth learn to become active participants in the public sphere?

Among numerous case studies, examples include instances of racialized citizenship in “Algerian France,” Ireland’s new citizenship laws in response to asylum-seeking mothers, the role of Evangelical Christianity in creating a space for the construction of an identity that transcends state borders, and the Internet as one of the new public spheres for the expression of citizenship, be it local, national, or global.

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