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Earned citizenship: assumptions and implications

Andreouli, Eleni and Stockdale, Jan E. (2009) Earned citizenship: assumptions and implications. Tottel's Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 23 (2). pp. 165-180. ISSN 1746-7632

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This article, based on interviews with citizenship officers of local councils in London, examines lay constructions of citizenship and their implications. Earned citizenship was a dominant theme in the interviews. This discourse emphasises the ‘duties’ of new citizens and the negative impact of migration. An important underlying assumption of the earned citizenship discourse is that new citizens do not normally deserve to be granted citizenship. Furthermore, this discourse was often anchored in distributive justice claims, related mainly to the allocation of welfare benefits. It is argued that such justice claims are grounded in a territorially bounded view of the world which supports the superiority of the entitlements of the native population over those of the new British citizens or migrants and that the discourse of earned citizenship symbolically excludes new citizens and migrants. The interview findings are also discussed in relation to the official public policy of earned citizenship.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 Sweet & Maxwell and its Contributors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:53

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