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Revoking CitizenshipExpatriation in America from the Colonial Era to the War on Terror$
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Ben Herzog

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760383

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760383.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Revoking Citizenship

Ben Herzog

NYU Press

Through an examination of the case of Yaser Esam Hamdi, major issues in the policy of expatriation in the United States are introduced. The practice of stripping away citizenship and all the rights that come with it is usually associated with despotic and totalitarian regimes, but such practices are supported within the legal systems of most democratic countries, including the United States, where they have been undertaken not only in extreme situations. The common thread in most of the recent studies on citizenship is that immigration and naturalization processes are articulated in relation to the conception of citizenship and nationhood in a given country. That is, the regulations responsible for the entrance and inclusion of new members into the national community are dependent on the understanding of who should belong to the national “we” and who should not. This study examines the converse of those laws—the measures that deal with legally excluding people from membership in the political community (expatriation) or loss of citizenship. From early in its existence, the United States was suspicious of divided national loyalty and eventually established grounds for expatriation in order to regulate the singularity of nationality—one of the main principles of the national world order.

Keywords:   Yaser Esam Hamdi, totalitarian regimes, expatriation, national world order

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