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From Subject to Citizen
Australian Citizenship in the Twentieth Century


  • Date Published: June 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459730

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  • This important, theoretically sophisticated work explores the concepts of liberal democracy, citizenship and rights. Grounded in critical original research, the book examines Australia's political and legal institutions, and traces the history and future of citizenship and the state in Australia. The central theme is that making proofs of belonging to the national culture a precondition of citizenship is inappropriate for a multicultural society such as Australia. This becomes an object lesson for the multicultural regional politics throughout the world.

    • A major text on Australian citizenship
    • Based on original research
    • Considers citizenship in theoretical and comparative context
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    'Davidson's account of Australian citizenship is a wonderfully broad-ranging one … this is a book with which any serious scholar of Australian citizenship will need to engage, and from which they will learn.' Australian Historical Studies

    '… wonderfully broad-ranging … this is a book with which any serious scholar of Australian citizenship will need to engage.' Australian Historical Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459730
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Part I. From Subject to Citizen 1901–1996:
    1. Civis Romanus Sum
    2. From subject to citizen I: to 1948
    3. Nationality and the citizen II:
    4. From subject to citizen III:
    Part II. Discourses of Exclusion:
    5. Discourses of exclusion, silencing the migrant voice
    6. Aborigines and citizenship: discourses of exclusion
    Part III. The Active Citizen and Beyond:
    7. The active citizen and direct democracy in Australia
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Alastair Davidson, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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