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Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain

ISBN-10: 019924054X

ISBN-13: 9780199240548

Edition: 2000

Authors: Randall S. Hansen

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In this ground-breaking book, the author draws extensively on archival material and theortical advances in the social sciences literature on citizenship and migration. Citizenship and Immigration in Postwar Britain examines the transformation since 1945 of the UK from a homogeneous into a multicultural society. Rejecting a dominant strain of sociological and historical inquiry emphasising state racism, Hansen argues that politicians and civil servants were overall liberal relative to a public, to which it owed its office, and pursued policies that were rational for any liberal democratic politician. He explains the trajectory of British migration and nationality policy - its exceptional liberality until the 1950s, its exceptional restrictiveness after then, and its tortured and seemingly racist definition of citizenship. The combined effect of a 1948 imperial definition of citizenship (adopted independently of immigration) and a primary commitment to migration from the Old Dominions, locked British politicians into a series of policy choices resulting in a migration and nationality regime that was not racist in intention, but was racist in effect. In the context of a liberal elite and an illiberal public, Britain's current restrictive migration policies result not from the faling of its policy-makers but those of its institutions.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A Note on Citations and Abbreviations
Policy before 1962: The Laissez-Faire Years
Migration and Nationality in Post-war Britain
Imperial Subjects, Imperial Citizens: The British Nationality Act, 1948
Immigration in the Indian Summer: Churchill and Eden
The Decline of an Ideal: The Conservatives and Immigration, 1958-1960
Same Citizenship, Contrasting Rights: The 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act
Policy after 1962: Effective Restrictionism
Labour and Party Competition: The Race Relations Act, 1965
The Kenyan Asians Crisis of 1968
Heath, Powell, and Migration Policy 1968-1974
Citizenship's Late Entrance: The British Nationality Act, 1981
Migration Policy in the 1970s and 1980s: The Institutional Origins of British Restrictionism
Conclusion
App. A
App. B
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Index