This introductory chapter focuses on the ways in which the concept of citizenship has been defined from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, and emphasizes the multi-faceted and dynamic nature of the notion under study. It then presents a cursory overview of an extensive and growing literature, and clarifies the following essential points for understanding the overall structure and argument of the book: 1) the relationship between citizenship and nationhood in light of the “Brubaker-Weil debate”; 2) “the mirror and pencil metaphors” for citizenship scholars doing historical analysis of a country’s national self-identification; 3) definitions of national identity and national character; 4) linguistic and terminological variety across historical periods and countries when thinking and talking about the words “citizenship”, “nationality” and “subjecthood.” Finally, it delineates the structure and detailed content of the book by presenting all the subsequent chapters.
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