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In recent years, the concept of citizenship has been increasingly discussed by scholars, particularly in Western nations.1 Defined variously as a legal status, a political activity, a set of rights, and a collective identity (Bosniak, 2000a: 452) the concept has been debated with an urgency matched only by a simultaneous awareness of the unabated changes wrought by an evermore rampant globalization process on the autonomy of the nation-state throughout the world.

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

—Simone Weil

It is easier to view an individual as a non-citizen than as a non-person.

—Alexander Bickel

The nation is, at once, imposed but also willed, from whence its strength.

—L. Febvre

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Oboler, S. (2006). Redefining Citizenship as a Lived Experience. In: Oboler, S. (eds) Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230601451_1

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