Beyond Citizenship American Identity after Globalization

ISBN-10: 0195152182
ISBN-13: 9780195152180
Edition: 2008
Authors: Peter J. Spiro
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Before one asks what it means to be an American, notes Peter J. Spiro, one must ask who is an American. This provocative volume examines the many facets of citizenship as legal status and finds a mirror on American identity. Spiro takes readers on an engaging historical and conceptual exploration of how citizenship law has set and reflected the boundaries of national community and an American national character. Against this broad tableau, Spiro shows how territorial presence--through birth or residence--resolved the peculiar challenges of American identity. But as globalization eclipses the significance of space, citizenship status becomes detached from any sense of actual community on the ground. The global diffusion of American political values and cultural production further erodes the possibility of a drawing a meaningful line between the "us" and "them." Growing immigrant diasporas, meanwhile, compound the disconnect between location and solidarity. Loyalties, Spiro contends, are moving to transnational communities defined in many different ways: by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, profession, locality or region, and corporate affiliation. These communities, he argues, are replacing bonds that once connected people to the nation-state, with profound implications for the future of governance. Spiro investigates the legal transformations that are symptomatic of this new condition: changing regimes relating to dual citizenship, naturalization, birthright citizenship, and--more generally--basic citizenship rights. The book packs a powerful conclusion: the institution of American citizenship is in irreversible decline. Learned, incisive, and sweeping in scope, Beyond Citizenship offers a provocative look at how globalization is changing the very definition of who we are and where we belong.

Peter J. Spiro is Charles Weiner Professor of International Law, Temple University - Beasley School of Law.

Introduction
Born American
Made American
Not Only American
Take It or Leave It American
American Defined
Beyond American
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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