Citizenship and Its Exclusions: A Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Critique

Citizenship and Its Exclusions: A Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Critique

by Ediberto Roman


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Citizenship is generally viewed as the most desired legal status an individual can attain, invoking the belief that citizens hold full inclusion in a society, and can exercise and be protected by the Constitution. Yet this membership has historically been exclusive and illusive for many, and in Citizenship and Its Exclusions, Ediberto Román offers a sweeping, interdisciplinary analysis of citizenship’s contradictions.
Román offers an exploration of citizenship that spans from antiquity to the present, and crosses disciplines from history to political philosophy to law, including constitutional and critical race theories. Beginning with Greek and Roman writings on citizenship, he moves on to late-medieval and Renaissance Europe, then early Modern Western law, and culminates his analysis with an explanation of how past precedents have influenced U.S. law and policy regulating the citizenship status of indigenous and territorial island people, as well as how different levels of membership have created a de facto subordinate citizenship status for many members of American society, often lumped together as the “underclass.”

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ISBN-13: 9780814776070
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2010
Series: Critical America Series , #55
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ediberto Román is Professor of Law at Florida International University. He is the author of The Other American Colonies: An International and Constitutional Law Examination of the United States’ Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Island Conquests, and edits the NYU Press series Citizenship and Migration in the Americas.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Citizenship Construct
2 The Creation of the Concept: The Classical Period
3 The City-States of the Dark Ages
4 The Movement toward Nascent Nation-States
5 The Philosophical Influence of the Enlightenment
6 The De Jure Subordinates
7 The De Facto Subordinates?
8 A New Vision of Citizenship?
Notes Index
About the Author

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