The (in)significance of citizenship in white British citizens' narratives of national belonging

Clarke, Amy (2021) The (in)significance of citizenship in white British citizens' narratives of national belonging. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between citizenship and belonging through empirical analysis of citizens’ narratives. Specifically, through analysis of interview narratives produced with twenty-six white British citizens, the paper explores whether/how citizenship is recognised as a basis for national membership by those for whom citizenship and national belonging are largely taken for granted. In doing so, the paper sheds new light on the meaning and significance of citizenship within informal economies of national belonging and draws critical attention to the role of discursive recognition in sustaining hierarchies of belonging. The paper finds that formal status has limited significance as a practical marker of belonging and that, even where citizenship is constructed as significant, its significance is often undermined. It concludes that citizenship on its own is insufficient to guarantee substantive national belonging in the sense of being recognised and included as belonging to a national community and does not necessarily legitimise more ambiguous claims to national belonging.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 11:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 12:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101480

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