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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.137) Conclusion
Revoking Citizenship

Ben Herzog

NYU Press

The conclusion connects the arguments discussed throughout the book with claims regarding the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and birthright citizenship. Up to the middle of the twentieth century, the idea of citizenship itself constructed a national world order that demanded exclusive political membership and thus favored expatriation of those who acquired dual citizenship; to a certain extent this is true even today. Following Pierre Bourdieu, the key claim of this study is that the loss of citizenship is not determined by its location within the field of citizenship but derives from the fact that the game is played. The policy of expatriation results from the uncontested assumption that the world is divided into sovereign political entities and that rights are dispensed accordingly.

Keywords:   Citizenship Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, dual citizenship, exclusive political membership, Pierre Bourdieu, birthright citizenship

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