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Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances

Seyla Benhabib, Ian Shapiro, Danilo Petranovich, Faruk Birtek, Nancy Fraser, Charles Maier, Rainer Bauböck, Veit Bader, Julie Mostov, Riva Kastoryano, Clarissa Hayward, Jean Tillie, Boris Slijper, Melissa Williams, Ayelet Shachar, Craig Calhoun, Jorge Valadez, Mahmood Mamdani, Rogers Smith
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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521686938


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  • Where do political identities come from, how do they change over time, and what is their impact on political life? This book explores these and related questions in a globalizing world where the nation state is being transformed, definitions of citizenship are evolving in unprecedented ways, and people's interests and identities are taking on new local, regional, transnational, cosmopolitan, and even imperial configurations. Pre-eminent scholars examine the changing character of identities, affiliations, and allegiances in a variety of contexts: the evolving character of the European Union and its member countries, the Balkans and other new democracies of the post-1989 world, and debates about citizenship and cultural identity in the modern West. These essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the political and intellectual ferment that surrounds debates about political membership and attachment, and will be of interest to students and scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and law.

    • A compelling integration of theoretical, normative, empirical and analytical perspectives.
    • Features wide-ranging comparative studies across the Ottoman Empire, South Africa, former Yugoslavia, contemporary Europe and the United States
    • Internationally prominent contributors are assembled together in one volume
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    'Political membership centered in nation-states is making room for other affiliations and allegiances. These are shaping novel assemblages of interests and identities with local, regional, transnational, and even imperial geographies. Can these become stable meanings and gain the power historically associated with national citizenship? The essays in this extraordinary collection map complexities rather than easy answers. They leave few established propositions untouched.' Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago and author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages

    'Identities, affiliations and allegiances ignite passions - especially when the borders they define - territorial or otherwise - are transgressed. Their analysis, when done well, ignites similar passions in the battle fields of academia where identities, affiliations and allegiances are as entrenched and uncomfortably account for normative and cognitive boundaries. This volume, rich and provocative, will ignite strong passions.' J. H. H Weiler, Global Law School, New York University

    'An exemplary demonstration of the creative benefits of collaboration between normative theorists and social scientists on a vital subject of growing concern world-wide. Its special strength is to lift issues of citizenship, immigration and ethnicity out of their specialized niches and reconsider them in the context of what one of the contributors properly characterizes as a 'PostWestphalian World.' Deserving a wide readership in philosophy, political science, sociology, and international affairs, this book will undoubtedly stimulate a reconceptualization of the entire field.' Aristide R. Zolberg, New School for Social Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521686938
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Seyla Benhabib, Ian Shapiro and Danilo Petranovich
    Part I. Emergence and Limits of National Political Identities:
    1. From affiliation to affinity: citizenship in the transition from empire to the nation-state Faruk Birtek
    2. Transnationalizing the public sphere: on the legitimacy and efficacy of public opinion in a postwestphalian world Nancy Fraser
    3. 'Being there': place, territory, and identity Charles Maier
    4. Political boundaries in a multilevel democracy Rainer Bauböck
    Part II. Multiple Identities in Practice: The European Example:
    5. Building European institutions: beyond strong ties and weak commitments Veit Bader
    6. Soft borders and transnational citizens Julie Mostov
    7. Transnational nationalism: redefining nation and territory Riva Kastoryano
    Part III. Decoupling Citizenship from Identity:
    8. Binding problems, boundary problems: the trouble with 'democratic citizenship' Clarissa Hayward
    9. Immigrant political integration and ethnic civic communities in Amsterdam Jean Tillie and Boris Slijper
    10. Nonterritorial boundaries of citizenship Melissa Williams, 11. Against birthright privilege: re-defining citizenship as property Ayelet Shachar
    Part IV. Identity and Historical Injustice:
    12. Social solidarity as a problem for cosmopolitan democracy Craig Calhoun
    13. The continuing significance of ethnocultural identity Jorge Valadez
    14. Amnesty or impunity? A preliminary critique of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Mahmood Mamdani
    15. Law's races Rogers Smith.

  • Editors

    Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, Connecticut
    Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University, Connecticut. Her most recent publications include Transformation of Citizenship: Dilemmas of the Nation-State in the Era of Globalization (2000), The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global World (2002) and The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens (2004) which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association and the North American Society's best book in Social Philosophy award.

    Ian Shapiro, Yale University, Connecticut
    Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, California and Henry R. Luce Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. His most recent publications include The Moral Foundations of Politics (2003), The State of Democratic Theory (2003), The Flight From Reality in the Human Sciences (2005) and Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth (with Michael J. Graetz, 2005).

    Danilo Petranovich, Yale University, Connecticut
    Danilo Petranovich is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, Connecticut. His research focuses on the shaping of American allegiances from the Founding period through the Civil War.


    Seyla Benhabib, Ian Shapiro, Danilo Petranovich, Faruk Birtek, Nancy Fraser, Charles Maier, Rainer Bauböck, Veit Bader, Julie Mostov, Riva Kastoryano, Clarissa Hayward, Jean Tillie, Boris Slijper, Melissa Williams, Ayelet Shachar, Craig Calhoun, Jorge Valadez, Mahmood Mamdani, Rogers Smith

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