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A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950$
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Sabina Donati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784511

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784511.001.0001

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Foreign Immigration, Citizenship and Italianità in the Peninsula

Foreign Immigration, Citizenship and Italianità in the Peninsula

Italiani non regnicoli, Non-Italian Immigrants and Notions of Alienhood

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(p.68) (p.69) Chapter Three Foreign Immigration, Citizenship and Italianità in the Peninsula
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A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950
Author(s):
Sabina Donati
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784511.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the differentiated citizenship policies and political discourses as formulated in Italy during the liberal period in reference to two specific categories of foreigners: the Italiani non regnicoli and the non-Italian immigrants. Focusing on these two types of alienhood, the chapter first provides an overview of the historical context and a discussion over the multiple definitions of italianità that were articulated at the time. It then illustrates the generous citizenship strategies introduced for the first category of aliens, and examines notions of “citizenship” and “nationality”-as different terms-within a period of irredentist objectives. It surveys the citizenship status reserved for he non-Italian immigrants, and provides a systematic analysis of their individual files of “grand naturalization.” By exploring the use of jus soli up to 1922 vis-à-vis the second generations born in Italy, the chapter concludes with an additional comparison with contemporary Germany.

Keywords:   Italiani non regnicoli, immigration, foreigners, alienhood, Italian citizenship, nationality, naturalization, jus soli, italianità

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