Title

Citizenship Beyond Borders: A Cross‐National Study of Dual Citizenship*

Keywords

dual citizenship, citizenship beyond borders

Abstract

As global integration increases, the implications for state boundaries and citizens’ identity grow more significant. Some scholars suggest that the recognition of dual citizenship reveals the extent to which cross‐national immigration requires states to formally recognize a multiplicity of national identities through dual citizenship (Aleinikoff and Klusmeyer 2002; Castles and Davidson 2000; Falk 1994). We propose that scholars need to additionally consider citizenship identity as a source of national assimilation of the international community and postnational citizenship in world culture (Brubaker 1992a; Faist 2004; Soysal 1994; Turner 2001). We use logistic regression to evaluate this argument by examining factors that lead states to enact legislation recognizing dual citizenship. The resulting analysis suggests that the recognition of dual citizenship reflects national, ex‐colonial, and postnational cultural identities rather than the presence of cross‐national immigration.

Original Publication Citation

Dahlin, Eric C. and Ann Hironaka. 2008. “Citizenship beyond Borders: A Cross-National Study of Dual Citizenship.” Sociological Inquiry 78:54-73.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-01-18

Publisher

Sociological Inquiry

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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