Revocation of citizenship in the United States

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Rogers Brubaker in his 1992 path-breaking study proposes a theory of citizenship as a coherent world view: the French liberal model identifies citizenship as a community based on territoriality; the German ethno-nationalist model bases citizenship on blood-line. Rogers Smith challenged Brubaker and, based on a 1997 study of United States immigration laws, claims that the American concept of citizenship is a non-coherent mix of various principles: liberal, ethno-nationalist and republican at the same time. Both authors inspired a great deal of research, but all studies so far have attempted to adjudicate between the two competing theories by looking at inclusionary practices, at the various ways citizenship is granted in various countries, and their results are inconclusive. This paper reports findings for a study which looked at exclusion. The data on United States laws and legislative debates about the states' rights to revoke, and citizens' privilege to renounce, citizenship lends support to Rogers Smith's arguments regarding inclusion and citizenship, while underlining war as an independent sociological source for the genesis, persistence and dispersion of these bundles or equilibria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-109
Number of pages33
JournalArchives Europeennes de Sociologie
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Citizenship
  • Immigrations
  • Loss of citizenship
  • Wars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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