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At Home in Two CountriesThe Past and Future of Dual Citizenship$
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Peter J. Spiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785829

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785829.001.0001

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At Home in Two Countries

Peter J. Spiro

NYU Press

This chapter introduces the complex history of dual citizenship in America. It traces the trajectory of dual citizenship from unusual – and even offensive – to commonplace. In America, dual citizenship centers around migration. As the United States was by far the most important immigrant destination during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became a major hub for individuals with dual citizenship. Over the course of the twentieth century, dual citizenship gradually became more accepted, until it is now an inevitable fact of globalization. The shift in attitudes towards dual citizenship also suggests major changes on the meaning of citizenship itself, in that citizenship is no longer an exclusive or constraining element of an individual’s identity.

Keywords:   dual citizenship, America, immigrant destination, migration, globalization, citizenship

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