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Citizenship, Alienage, and the Modern Constitutional State
A Gendered History

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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107664234

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  • To have a nationality is a human right. But between the nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, virtually every country in the world adopted laws that stripped citizenship from women who married foreign men. Despite the resulting hardships and even statelessness experienced by married women, it took until 1957 for the international community to condemn the practice, with the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Nationality of Married Women. Citizenship, Alienage, and the Modern Constitutional State tells the important yet neglected story of marital denaturalization from a comparative perspective. Examining denaturalization laws and their impact on women around the world, with a focus on Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States, it advances a concept of citizenship as profoundly personal and existential. In doing so, it sheds light on both a specific chapter of legal history and the theory of citizenship in general.

    • The first history of conditional marital citizenship from an international and comparative perspective
    • Offers a new theoretical perspective on citizenship
    • Includes examples of the personal stories of women who were affected by conditional marital citizenship laws
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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107664234
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. The emergence of modern citizenship
    2. Naturalization
    3. The impact of marital denaturalization
    4. Marital citizenship and war
    5. Marital denaturalization begins to unravel
    6. The international response
    7. What is a citizen?
    Bibliography.

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    Helen Irving, University of Sydney
    Helen Irving is a Professor at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and of the Australian Academy of Law. She has published widely on constitutional law, history, citizenship, most recently with a particular focus on gender, and is the author of Gender and the Constitution (Cambridge, 2008).

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