The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept

The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept


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The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept by Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

In principle, no human individual should be rendered stateless: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that the right to have or change citizenship cannot be denied. In practice, the legal claim of citizenship is a slippery concept that can be manipulated to serve state interests. On a spectrum from those who enjoy the legal and social benefits of citizenship to those whose right to nationality is outright refused, people with many kinds of status live in various degrees of precariousness within states that cannot or will not protect them. These include documented and undocumented migrants as well as conventional refugees and asylum seekers living in various degrees of uncertainty. Vulnerable populations such as ethnic minorities and women and children may find that de jure citizenship rights are undermined by de facto restrictions on their access, mobility, or security.

The Human Right to Citizenship provides an accessible overview of citizenship regimes around the globe, focusing on empirical cases of denied or weakened legal rights. Exploring the legal and social implications of specific national contexts, contributors examine the status of labor migrants in the United States and Canada, the changing definition of citizenship in Nigeria, Germany, India, and Brazil, and the rights of ethnic groups including Palestinians, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi migrants to India, and Roma in Europe. Other chapters consider children's rights to citizenship, multiple citizenships, and unwanted citizenships. With a broad geographical scope, this volume provides a wide-ranging theoretical and legal framework to understand the particular ambiguities, paradoxes, and evolutions of citizenship regimes in the twenty-first century.

Contributors: Michal Baer, Kristy A. Belton, Jacqueline Bhabha, Thomas Faist, Jenna Hennebry, Nancy Hiemstra, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Audrey Macklin, Margareta Matache, Janet McLaughlin, Carolina Moulin, Alison Mountz, Helen O'Nions, Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, Sujata Ramachandran, Kim Rygiel, Nasir Uddin, Margaret Walton-Roberts, David S. Weissbrodt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812247176
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/18/2015
Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is author of Reparations to Africa and coeditor of Economic Rights in Canada and the United States and The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Margaret Walton-Roberts is Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is coauthor of Cultural Geography: Environments, Landscapes, Identities, Inequalities and coeditor of Territoriality and Migration in the E.U. Neighbourhood: Spilling over the Wall.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Human Right to Citizenship Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann 1

Part I The Legal Context

Chapter 1 Human Rights of Noncitizens David Weissbrodt 21

Chapter 2 Statelessness: A Matter of Human Rights Kristy A. Belton 31

Part II Group Statelessness

Chapter 3 The Palestinian People: Ambiguities of Citizenship Michal Baer 45

Chapter 4 State of Stateless People: The Plight of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Nassir Uddin 62

Chapter 5 Mobilizing Against Statelessness: The Case of Brazilian Emigrant Communities Carolina Moulin 78

Part III Legislated Limbo

Chapter 6 Natives, Subjects, and Wannabes: Internal Citizenship Problems in Postcolonial Nigeria Chidi Anselm Odìnkalu 97

Chapter 7 Capricious Citizenship: Identity, Identification, and Banglo-Indians Sujata Ramachandran 115

Chapter 8 Are Children's Rights to Citizenship Slippery or Slimy? Jacqueline Bhabha Margareta Matache 130

Chapter 9 How Citizenship Laws Leave the Roma in Europe's Hinterland Helen O'Nions 145

Part 4 Labor Migrants

Chapter 10 Slippery Slopes into Illegality and the Erosion of Citizenship in the United States Nancy Hiemstra Alison Mountz 161

Chapter 11 Managed into the Margins: Examining Citizenship and Human Rights of Migrant Workers in Canada Janet McLaughlin Jenna Hennebry 176

Part 5 Emerging Issues And Models

Chapter 12 Shapeshifting Citizenship in Germany: Expansion, Erosion, and Extension Thomas Faist 193

Chapter 13 Multiple Citizenships and Slippery Statecraft Kim Rygiel Margaret Walton-Roberts 209

Chapter 14 Sticky Citizenship Audrey Macklin 223

Conclusion: Slippery Citizenship and Retrenching Rights Margaret Walton-Roberts 240

Notes 255

List of Contributors 295

Index 301

Acknowledgments 315

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