Law and Citizenship
232 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Release Date:01 Jan 2007
Release Date:23 May 2006
Release Date:01 Jan 2007

Law and Citizenship

By Law Commission of Canada
UBC Press

Long confined to the study of nationality, citizenship was not always considered a major concern of social scientists. In recent decades, however, the concept of citizenship has generated significant interest and intellectual debate in a variety of academic contexts. Globalization is changing the relationships between actors on the national and international stage and shifting the balance of power between them. These changes have spawned a wealth of scholarship across social science disciplines.

The essays in Law and Citizenship add to this lively discourse and provide a framework for analyzing citizenship in an increasingly globalized world. A number of fundamental issues are addressed: How are traditional notions of citizenship erecting borders against those who are excluded? What are the impacts of changing notions of state, borders, and participation on our concepts of citizenship? Within territorial borders, to what extent are citizens able to participate, given that the principles of accountability, transparency, and representativeness remain ideals?

There are numerous implications of the concept of citizenship for law and public policy in a number of different fields. International law, both private and public, poverty law, immigration law, constitutional law, history, political science, and sociology all reflect concepts of citizenship. Law and Citizenship will appeal to scholars and students in law and politics as well as those interested in the idea of citizenship in contemporary society.

The Law Commission of Canada is an independent federal law reform agency that advises Parliament on how to improve and modernize Canada’s laws.



1 Introduction: Thinking about Citizenship and Law in an Era of Change / Jane Jenson

2 Exile on Main Street: Popular Discourse and Legal Manoeuvres around Citizenship / Audrey Macklin

3 Home and Away: The Construction of Citizenship in an Emigration Context / Kim Barry

4 Multinational Citizenship: Practical Implications of a Theoretical Model / Siobhan Harty and Michael Murphy

5 The Crisis of the Welfare State and the Demise of Social Citizenship? A Sociolegal Perspective / Michel Coutu

6 Dis-citizenship / Richard Devlin and Dianne Pothier

7 Connecting Economy, Gender, and Citizenship / Mary Condon and Lisa Philipps



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