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Political Science Quarterly...offers a diversity of well-argued perspectives on the contemporary American debate over citizenship.
— Peter Andreas, Harvard University
In this important book, a distinguished group of historians, political scientists, and legal experts explore three related issues: the Immigration and Naturalization Service's historic review of its citizenship evaluation, recent proposals to alter the oath of allegiance and the laws governing dual citizenship, and the changing rights and responsibilities of citizens and resident aliens in the United States. How Americans address these issues, the contributors argue, will shape broader debates about multiculturalism, civic virtue and national identity. The response will also determine how many immigrants become citizens and under what conditions, what these new citizens learn_and teach_about the meaning of American citizenship, and whether Americans regard newcomers as intruders or as fellow citizens with whom they share a common fate.
The volume's major contribution is to provide a theoretical background for the general themes of U.S. immigration law and policy.
The selections are high quality and the book holds together as a whole. The combination of longer essays and shorter responses would work well in any upper-division or graduate class which treats the topic of immigration at length, and many of the contributions counter the prevailing wisdom, which may spark energetic classroom conversation. For those wishing to enter into the current conversation, this volume is a better starting place than most.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I. The Meaning of Americanization Chapter 4 The Promise of American Citizenship Chapter 5 Citizenship in Theory and Practice: A Response to Charles Kesler Chapter 6 "Am I an American or Not?" Reflections on Citizenship, Americanization, and Race Chapter 7 Reviving Americanization: A Response to Juan Perea Part 8 Part II. Nationalism and Citizenship Chapter 9 Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the United States Chapter 10 A National Solidarity? A Response to David Hollinger Chapter 11 To Make Natural: Creating Citizens for the Twenty-First Century Chapter 12 Why Naturalization Should Be Easy: A Response to Noah Pickus Part 13 Part III. Multiple Memberships? Chapter 14 Plural Citizenships Chapter 15 Why Immigrants Want Dual Citizenship (And We Should Too): A Response to Peter Schuck Chapter 16 Alienage Classification in a Nation of Immigrants: Three Models of "Permanent" Residence Chapter 17 Membership and American Social Contracts: A Response to Hiroshi Motomura Chapter 18 Index