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Part IV Rights, Ch.28 Citizenship

Gerald L. Neuman

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

The term “citizenship” bears multiple interrelated meanings in law, political theory, and sociology. Citizenship may denote a status, or a relationship, or an activity, or a set of rights, or a set of responsibilities. Citizenship may serve as the equivalent of “nationality” in the sense of international law, attributing people to different countries, or it may indicate a preferred status in society, full or first-class citizenship, not necessarily available to all who possess the country’s nationality.1 As will appear below, citizenship has carried both these...
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