In Defence of Multinational Citizenship
208 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Mar 2005
Release Date:23 Jun 2005

In Defence of Multinational Citizenship

UBC Press

At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a pressing need todevelop new forms of citizenship to meet demands for self-determinationadvanced by substate nations and indigenous peoples. In Defence ofMultinational Citizenship responds to this challenge by making acompelling case for a new form of multinational citizenship. Such aconception would provide equal recognition to the citizenship regimesof state and substate nations through a democratic argument forself-determination at the substate level, and a revised conception ofstate sovereignty that is divided and shared.

Drawing from both existing liberal nationalist and cosmopolitantheories of citizenship and self-determination, as well as selectedcase studies of self-determination within multinational states, SiobhánHarty and Michael Murphy have crafted an alternative multinationalmodel of citizenship that puts forth guidelines for how often competingnations can coexist peacefully within the borders of a state.

A sharp and insightful book, In Defence of MultinationalCitizenship will have much to offer nationalist and Aboriginalleaders, academics, and policy makers who study the issue of justiceand equality in multinational states.

Harty and Murphy delineate a strong case for differentiated citizenship. Reading a book like this from within a country (India) ... the Harty-Murphy exposition has relevance, immediacy, and a touch of poignancy ... Doubling as a useful primer to, and a pertinent critique of, one of the most important socio-political and cultural debates of the age, In Defence of Multinational Citizenship is a work that will interest a range of scholars from the social sciences and the humanities. Pramod K. Nayar, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, India, Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. XXXVIII, no. 2, June 2006
In Defence of Multinational Citizenship is the first comprehensive account and defence of democratic citizenship in multinational societies. An ideal undergraduate textbook, it is also a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the internal plurality of contemporary societies. James Tully, co-editor of Multinational Democracy
Siobhán Harty is Senior Policy Advisor in StrategicPolicy, Social Development Canada, in Ottawa. MichaelMurphy is Research Associate at the Institute ofIntergovernmental Relations and Lecturer in the Department of PoliticalStudies at Queen’s University in Kingston.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Citizenship and Belonging

Chapter 2. Citizenship in Multination States: HistoricalPrecedents

Chapter 3. Liberal Nationalism

Chapter 4. Multinational Citizenship

Chapter 5. Multinational Citizenship and Demands forSelf-determination

Chapter 6. Postnational Alternatives


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