- Ethnicizing citizenship, questioning membership. Explaining the decreasing family migration rights of citizens in Europe
- Citizenship Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 20 | 6-7
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Citizenship does not equal belonging. In this paper, we investigate how the disjunction between the ‘imagined community’ and the formal citizenry impacts on citizens’ rights. In particular, we analyse decision-making on the family migration rights of citizens in France, Germany and the Netherlands. Our analysis shows that in these three countries, notwithstanding their different migration and citizenship regimes, the reduction of citizens’ family migration rights is based on the same discursive mechanism: the ‘membership’ of citizens of migrant origin who marry a partner from abroad is called into question. As they are excluded from membership of the imagined community, their entitlement to family migration rights is decreased. Ethnic conceptions of national community, intersecting with gender and class, play a crucial role in shaping the rights attached to citizenship in Europe today.
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- Bonjour & Block - Ethnicizing Citizenship Questioning Membership - Accepted manuscript: 173821_Bonjour & Block - Ethnicizing Citizenship Questioning Membership - forthcoming in Citizenship Studies.pdf: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article forthcoming in Citizenship Studies (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccst20/current ).
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