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Citizenship Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects by Thomas Faist, Peter Kivisto

Citizenship Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects


Part of the Key Themes in Sociology Series


Citizenship Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects by Thomas Faist, Peter Kivisto

A significant addition to the growing body of literature on citizenship, this wide-ranging overview focuses on the importance, and changing nature, of citizenship. It introduces the varied discourses and theories that have arisen in recent years, and looks toward future scholarship in the field. * Offers an analytical assessment of the various thematic discourses and provides guidance in pulling together those discrete themes into a larger, more comprehensive framework * Identifies the four broadly conceived themes that shape the many discourses on contemporary citizenship - inclusion, erosion, withdrawal, and expansion * Includes a thorough introduction to the subject


Citizenship has emerged as one of the crucial issues in sociology, uniting such topics as globalization, immigration, multiculturalism and ethnic conflict, the future of the welfare state, and the meaning of contemporary national politics. Kivisto and Faist provide a lively introduction and show why the question of citizenship has come to supplant many of the traditional concerns of both the Left and Right. Stephen Turner, University of South Florida

An impressive achievement. A comprehensive but concise account of the field of citizenship studies, delivering a decisive challenge to re-thinking citizenship.

Bryan S. Turner, National University of Singapore

Citizenship should be a central concern for sociology. Kivisto and Faist offer a concise and clear review of conceptual frameworks, historical trends, the current situation and future directions, which will be helpful to students and teachers alike.

Craig Calhoun, New York University

This work would be a useful primer for a class in political sociology or for any class that deals with 'citizenship.

About the Author

Peter Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Professor and Chair of Sociology at Augustana College. He is the author of Immigrant Socialists in the United States (1984), For Democracy (1993), and Americans All (1995), and is the editor of The Ethnic Enigma (1989) and Multiculturalism in the United States (2000). Dr Kivisto is also the editor of The Sociological Quarterly . Thomas Faist is Professor of Transnational Relations and Development Studies at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. He is the author of The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces (2000), Transnational Social Spaces (2004), and The Politics of Dual Citizenship in Europe (2007). He currently directs a project on transnational migration and development. He is the Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly .

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Publication date

12th December 2007


Thomas Faist, Peter Kivisto

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Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd) an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


176 pages




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