The Paradox of Citizenship in American Politics

Ideals and Reality
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 11. August 2018
 
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  • Softcover
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  • 284 Seiten
978-3-319-87103-5 (ISBN)
 
"This remarkable book does the unusual: it embeds its focus in a larger complex operational space. The migrant, the refugee, the citizen, all emerge from that larger context. The focus is not the usual detailed examination of the subject herself, but that larger world of wars, grabs, contestations, and, importantly, the claimers and resisters."- Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, USA This thought-provoking book begins by looking at the incredible complexities of "American identity" and ends with the threats to civil liberties with the vast expansion of state power through technology. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of the promise and realities of citizenship in the modern global landscape.- Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law, USA Momen focuses on the basic paradox that has long marked national identity: the divide between liberal egalitarian self-conception and persistent practices of exclusion and subordination. The result is a thought-provoking text that is sure to be of interest to scholars and students of the American experience. - Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, USA This book is an exploration of American citizenship, emphasizing the paradoxes that are contained, normalized, and strengthened by the gaps existing between proposed policies and real-life practices in multiple arenas of a citizen's life. The book considers the evolution of citizenship through the journey of the American nation and its identity, its complexities of racial exclusion, its transformations in response to domestic demands and geopolitical challenges, its changing values captured in immigration policies and practices, and finally its dynamics in terms of the shift in state power vis-à-vis citizens. While it aspires to analyze the meaning of citizenship in America from the multiple perspectives of history, politics, and policy, it pays special attention to the critical junctures where rhetoric and reality clash, allowing for the production of certain paradoxes that define citizenship rights and shape political discourse.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
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Springer International Publishing
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XVI, 265 p.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 371 gr
978-3-319-87103-5 (9783319871035)
10.1007/978-3-319-61530-1
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Mehnaaz Momen is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Texas A & M International University in Laredo, Texas, where she teaches courses in Political Science, Urban Studies, and Public Administration.

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 American Identity: Ideals vs. Illusion

The Rhetoric: The Greek, the Roman, and the British Heritage

The Reality: Rewriting History, Changing Marketplace

The Paradox: Self-identity of the American "People"

Chapter 2 Nation-building: Nation-States vs. Empire

The Rhetoric: Manifest Destiny

The Reality: Territory Minus the People

The Paradox: Impossible Republic, Elusive Empire

Chapter 3 World Relations: Hegemony vs. Globalization

The Rhetoric: American Exceptionalism

The Reality: The American Century

The Paradox: The Cosmopolitan vs. the Patriot

Chapter 4 Immigration: Becoming "Us" versus Remaining "Them"

The Rhetoric: Rules of Inclusion and Exclusion

The Reality: The Rites of Passage

The Paradox: Immigration as a Political Tool

Chapter 5 State Power: Technology vs. Technology

The Rhetoric: Transparency and Accountability of Government

The Reality: Expansion of State Power

The Paradox: Public Engagement, Segregation, and Loss of Civil Liberties

Conclusion


"On the whole, the book is engagingly written and has much to commend it." (Peter Kivisto, Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies, Vol. 2(1), 2018)
This book is an exploration of American citizenship, emphasizing the paradoxes that are contained, normalized, and strengthened by the gaps existing between proposed policies and real-life practices in multiple arenas of a citizen's life. The book considers the evolution of citizenship through the journey of the American nation and its identity, its complexities of racial exclusion, its transformations in response to domestic demands and geopolitical challenges, its changing values captured in immigration policies and practices, and finally its dynamics in terms of the shift in state power vis-à-vis citizens. While it aspires to analyze the meaning of citizenship in America from the multiple perspectives of history, politics, and policy, it pays special attention to the critical junctures where rhetoric and reality clash, allowing for the production of certain paradoxes that define citizenship rights and shape political discourse.

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