The Politics of Citizenship and Building the Nation

  • Yeşim Bayar


Citizenship is first and foremost about the link between the individual and the state through which rights and obligations for both parties are legally formulated. Citizenship is also about identity. In this latter aspect, its definition is directly linked to nationhood and membership of the nation. As Brubaker aptly puts it, “debates about citizenship, in the age of the nation-state are debates about nationhood—about what it means, and what it ought to mean, to belong to a nation-state” (1990: 380).


Jewish Community Political Elite Muslim World Turkish Culture Turkish Government 
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