By Peter Kivisto
An important addition to the transforming into physique of literature on citizenship, this wide-ranging assessment specializes in the significance, and altering nature, of citizenship. It introduces the various discourses and theories that experience arisen lately, and appears towards destiny scholarship within the field.Offers an analytical overview of a number of the thematic discourses and gives information in pulling jointly these discrete topics right into a better, extra entire framework Identifies the 4 widely conceived topics that form the various discourses on modern citizenship – inclusion, erosion, withdrawal, and enlargement incorporates a thorough creation to the topic
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Actually, a number of both Chinese and Japanese immigrants raised this question in the courts. Thus in 1878 a Chinese immigrant, Ah Yup, who was identified in the court brief as a member of the Mongolian race, petitioned to become a citizen. His petition was rejected. The rationale offered by the court was that neither “in popular language, in literature, nor in scientific nomenclature, do we ordinarily, if ever, fi nd the words ‘white person’ used in a sense so comprehensive as to include an individual of the Mongolian race” (quoted in Lyman 1991: 204; see also Lyman 1993b).
Spain followed somewhat later, in 1931, during the era of republican rule. Similarly, in the aftermath of World War II a new wave of universal suffrage laws were passed. In addition to France, nations passing such legislation during the immediate postwar years included Italy, Belgium, and Greece. The US-drafted constitution of Japan also established women’s voting rights. Of the remaining nations that had not passed such legislation, Portugal did in 1976 after it emerged from the long dictatorship of the Salazar regime.
In terms of immigration control, Asians were singled out earliest. More specifically, with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Chinese were the fi rst group to be denied admission to the United States. The Gentleman’s Agreement of 1907 was designed to place strict limits on the number of Japanese that could enter the country. However, this was merely the beginning of a far more aggressive campaign of immigration restriction that arose during a period of unprecedented immigration.
Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects (Key Themes in Sociology) by Peter Kivisto