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The Paradox of Citizenship in American Politics, Ideals and Reality, by Mehnaaz Momen

This book is an exploration of American citizenship, emphasizing the paradoxes that are contained, normalized, and strengthened by the gaps existing between proposed policies and real-life practices in multiple arenas of a citizen’s life. The book considers the evolution of citizenship through the journey of the American nation and its identity, its complexities of racial exclusion, its transformations in response to domestic demands and geopolitical challenges, its changing values captured in immigration policies and practices, and finally its dynamics in terms of the shift in state power vis-à-vis citizens. While it aspires to analyze the meaning of citizenship in America from the multiple perspectives of history, politics, and policy, it pays special attention to the critical junctures where rhetoric and reality clash, allowing for the production of certain paradoxes that define citizenship rights and shape political discourse.
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. American Identity: Ideals vs. Illusion -- 3. Nation-building: Nation-States vs. Empire -- 4. World Relations: Hegemony vs. Globalization -- 5. Immigration: Becoming “Us” versus Remaining “Them” -- 6. State Power: Technology vs. Technology -- 7. Conclusion
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2018.
Physical Description
1 online resource (XVI, 265 p.)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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