Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization

Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization

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by Peter J. Spiro
     
 

American identity has always been capacious as a concept but narrow in its application. Citizenship has mostly been about being here, either through birth or residence. The territorial premises for citizenship have worked to resolve the peculiar challenges of American identity. But globalization is detaching identity from location. What used to define American was… See more details below

Overview

American identity has always been capacious as a concept but narrow in its application. Citizenship has mostly been about being here, either through birth or residence. The territorial premises for citizenship have worked to resolve the peculiar challenges of American identity. But globalization is detaching identity from location. What used to define American was rooted in American space. Now one can be anywhere and be an American, politically or culturally. Against that backdrop, it becomes difficult to draw the boundaries of human community in a meaningful way. Longstanding notions of democratic citizenship are becoming obsolete, even as we cling to them. Beyond Citizenship charts the trajectory of American citizenship and shows how American identity is unsustainable in the face of globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195152180
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,295,987
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Spiro is Charles Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University. A former State Department lawyer, National Security Council staff member, and U.S. Supreme Court law clerk, he has written on international, immigration, and constitutional law for many of the nation's top law reviews as well as such publications as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.

Table of Contents

Introduction     3
Born American     9
Made American     33
Not Only American     59
Take It or Leave It American     81
American Defined     109
Beyond American     137
Conclusion     159
Notes     165
Selected Bibliography     179
Index     183

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