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Citizenship Reimagined
A New Framework for State Rights in the United States

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  • Publication planned for: October 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108744720

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  • The United States is entering a new era of progressive state citizenship, with California leading the way. A growing number of states are providing expanded rights to undocumented immigrants that challenge conventional understandings of citizenship as binary, unidimensional, and exclusively national. In Citizenship Reimagined, Allan Colbern and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan develop a precise framework for understanding and measuring citizenship as expansive, multi-dimensional, and federated - broader than legal status and firmly grounded in the provision of rights. Placing today's immigration battles in historical context, they show that today's progressive state citizenship is not unprecedented: US states have been leaders in rights expansion since America's founding, including over the fight for black citizenship and women's suffrage. The book invites readers to rethink how American federalism relates to minority rights and how state laws regulating undocumented residents can coexist with federal exclusivity over immigration law.

    • Establishes a precise right-based framework for multidimensional citizenship, drawing insights from comparative politics and mapping indicators for future empirical work
    • Provides a novel formulation of rights, including the right to develop human capital, right to free movement, and the right to identify and belong
    • Traces the intersection between citizenship and federalism throughout US history, explaining how social movements, parties, and courts have interacted within the context of federalism to shape the contours of citizenship rights over time
    • Offers a vision for progressive state citizenship that will interest policy makers and activists and is relevant to understand immigrant rights as well as other group rights
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Citizenship Reimagined is an extraordinarily important and timely book. Colbern and Ramakrishnan provide us crucial insights about how democratic membership is governed at the state level in this era of partisan and ideological polarization. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration are shaped by American federalism.' Daniel J. Tichenor

    'US states have always played a pivotal but poorly-understood role in creating and enforcing the country’s immigration policies. Citizenship Reimagined sheds light on this process, revealing how states identify and exploit their power to shape the political status of non-citizens. Amid a crowded field, Colbern and Ramakrishnan have given immigration and federalism scholars a rich array of concepts, history, and up-to-the moment empirical research that will propel both fields forward in important new directions. This book is an essential resource.' Elizabeth F. Cohen, Syracuse University

    'Demonstrating that US states restrict or expand rights in cases ranging from civil rights for African Americans to women's suffrage to immigrant rights today, this book convincingly illuminates the multilevel nature of citizenship and the crucial role of state-level advocacy. California's dramatic transformation from regressive to progressive policies coupled with opposite moves elsewhere highlight the enduring tension between state and national citizenship.' Willem Maas, York University

    'This provocative and important volume challenges us to rethink both theory and practice. Reframing citizenship in terms of five dimensions of rights and access, the authors stress how states can use (and have used) progressive federalism to expand belonging and opportunity. Offering a special focus on California’s recent pioneering efforts to promote immigrant integration, the authors chart a path for the development of policies and models that can be scaled to the national stage. Carefully researched, convincingly argued, and remarkably well-written, this is a must-read for immigration scholars and for those concerned with how social movements can leverage local power for broader change.' Manuel Pastor, USC Dornsife

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108744720
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Citizenship in a federated framework
    3. National and state citizenship in the American context
    4. State citizenship for blacks
    5. Worst to first: California's evolution from regressive to progressive state citizenship
    6. State citizenship and immigration federalism
    7. Enabling progress on state citizenship.

  • Authors

    Allan Colbern, Arizona State University
    Allan Colbern is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. He is a Presidential Award recipient from the Russell Sage Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, and his research has been featured in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

    S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside
    S. Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and founding Director of its Center for Social Innovation. He is a trustee of The California Endowment, a Frederick Douglass 200 honoree, and has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many other national and state foundations.

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