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The Scramble for CitizensDual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants$
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David Cook-Martin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782982

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782982.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Scramble for Citizens
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This chapter introduces the main themes of the book, considering the legal and administrative mechanisms at work, describing the patterns of law and practice that came out of these mechanisms, and exploring the implications of the dynamics of citizenship for how people think of this foundational form of political membership. The discussion begins by specifying the meaning of citizenship, how other scholars have typically explained it, and why it is a concept of enduring relevance. It explains why the relationship between countries and their mobile members during the period examined can help people in other contexts understand how citizenship has evolved and how it affects them. It also provides a background on immigration and nationality law, its implementation, the organizational initiatives to win the people who have migrated between Argentina, Italy and Spain since the mid-nineteenth century, and people's reactions to these laws and administrative practices.

Keywords:   political membership, migration, nationality laws, citizenship, Italy, Argentina, Spain

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