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Thick, thin and thinner patriotisms: is this all there is?

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The ‘reinvention’ of nationhood in theory and the reform of British naturalization rules in praxis have been unable to address satisfactorily the issue of unjust exclusion and to make naturalization law and citizenship more compatible with democratic ideals. This has much to do with the fact that the discourse of new patriotism and the reconfiguration of national citizenship have inbuilt limits. In examining the ‘new’ discourse of patriotism in its various shades, I argue that it is inconsistent and unpersuasive. Neither the rehabilitation of civic nationalism under ‘republican patriotism’, nor ‘constitutional patriotism’, nor ‘rooted patriotism’ succeed in transforming the nationality model of citizenship in order to render it more compatible with contemporary developments and with cultural pluralism. Similarly, the three models of citizenship developed by the literature, namely, postnational, transnational and multicultural citizenship remain rooted within the civic nationalist trajectory. Instead of arguing for the liberalization of naturalization requirements and the ensuing pluralization of citizenship, I put forward an argument as to how the nationality model of citizenship might be transcended by developing a model of civic registration. By contrasting this model with the Labour Government’s reforms in the fields of naturalization and citizenship, I argue that the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 places too much emphasis on social cohesion, thereby overlooking that a sense of belonging to community develops with inclusion in society and politics rather than as a result of citizenship ceremonies and language proficiency tests.

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Kostakopoulou, Dora (2006) Thick, thin and thinner patriotisms: is this all there is? Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 26, (1), Spring Issue, pp. 73-106. (doi:10.1093/ojls/gqi045).

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Published date: 2006
Organisations: Southampton Law School

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Local EPrints ID: 200435
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/200435
ISSN: 0143-6503
PURE UUID: 32f3106a-b267-4017-b6c5-d2043e051cd8

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:14

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Author: Dora Kostakopoulou

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