Citizenship in Segmented Societies: Lessons for the EU

Citizenship in Segmented Societies: Lessons for the EU


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European Union citizenship is increasingly relevant in the context of both the refugee crisis and Brexit, yet the issue of citizenship is neither new nor unique to the EU. Using historical, political and sociological perspectives, the authors explore varied experiences of combining multiple identities into a single sense of citizenship.

Cases are taken from Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey to assess the various experiences of communities being incorporated into one entity. The studies show that the EU has a comparatively large degree of diversity and complexity, with levels of integration achieved in a relatively short timeframe. Advisory models based on Canada and Switzerland allow for the EU integration processes to continue while protecting diversity and upholding common institutions.

Citizenship in Segmented Societies will appeal to academics and students in the field of European and federalist studies with a focus on multiculturalism and linguistic pluralism, minority rights, and citizenship issues. It will also be of interest to those with a particular interest in historical and comparative analysis of the EU.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788112680
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2018
Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on EU Citizenship Series
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Francis Cheneval, University of Zurich, Switzerland and Mónica Ferrín, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy

Table of Contents



Francis Cheneval and Mónica Ferrín

1. Switzerland as a Model for the EU

Francis Cheneval and Mónica Ferrín

2. The EU and the Canadian mirror: citizenship, multinationalism, and multiculturalism

Clara Isabel Velasco Rico and Marc Sanjaume-Calvet

3. Linguistic Policies and Citizens’ Claims in a Multinational State: The Case of Spain

Andrea C. Bianculli, Jacint Jordana and Siresa Lopez

4. The Czech Republic: Minority Rights since the Days of the Habsburg Empire

Vít Hloušek

5. Minority Policy and Social Rights: The Case of Estonia

Gaabriel Tavits

6. Turkey: Minorities and Citizenship Claims

Hakan Yılmaz, section 6.1 with the assistance of Çağdan Erdoğan

7. Accommodating Rivalling Claims to Citizenship in Federations: Lessons for the EU

Marc Sanjaume-Calvet

8. Nation-Building Process versus Community Claims: Taking Stock of Analysed Examples of Unitary States

Vít Hloušek

9. Conclusion

Francis Cheneval and Mónica Ferrín


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