CITIZENSHIP AND NATIONHOOD IN FRANCE AND GERMANY

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Harvard University Press, 1992 - History - 270 pages
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The difference between French and German definitions of citizenship is instructive - and, for millions of immigrants from North Africa, Turkey, and Eastern Europe, decisive. Rogers Brubaker explores this difference - between the territorial basis of the French citizenry and the German emphasis on blood descent - and shows how it translates into rights and restrictions for millions of would-be French and German citizens.
  

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Contents

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V
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VI
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VIII
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XIII
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Page 5 - Not ideas, but material and ideal interests, directly govern men's conduct. Yet very frequently the ‘world images' that have been created by ‘ideas' have, like switchmen, determined the tracks along which action has been pushed by the dynamic of interest.
Page ix - Federalism and superstition speak low Breton; emigration and hatred of the Republic speak German; the counterrevolution speaks Italian, and fanaticism speaks Basque'.
Page 4 - We cannot therefore decode political language to reach a primal and material expression of interest since it is the discursive structure of political language which conceives and defines interest in the first place.
Page xi - ... of traditional, rooted folk cultures as over against the soullessness and artificiality of cosmopolitan culture — all of these themes were easily transposed from the domain of aesthetics and cultural criticism to that of social philosophy. In the social and political thought of Romanticism, and in the larger and more enduring body of social and political thought permeated by its fundamental categories and values, nations are conceived as historically rooted, organically developed individualities,...

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Rogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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