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Traditions of citizenship and the securitisation of migration in Germany and Britain

Diez, Thomas and Squire, Vicki (2008). Traditions of citizenship and the securitisation of migration in Germany and Britain. Citizenship Studies, 12(6) pp. 565–581.

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The European Union is often seen as a laboratory for a post-national polity. Leaving aside important discussions regarding exclusionary citizenship practices at the European level, this article draws attention to the on-going importance of member states' citizenship traditions, which constrain the development of post-national citizenship in the EU. Considering the cases of Germany and the UK, the article shows how longer-standing citizenship traditions continue to play an important role in mediating relations between citizens and migrants. This, we suggest, remains the case despite changes to citizenship law over the past decades that have brought the two traditions closer to one another. Specifically, the article examines the on-going influence of each citizenship tradition with reference to political debates surrounding migration since 11 September 2001. It argues that divergent processes of 'securitising' migration reflect the respective citizenship traditions of the two member states.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-3593
Keywords: migration; securitisation; citizenship traditions; Germany; United Kingdom
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 12790
Depositing User: Vicki Squire
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2009 08:42
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:29
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