Meaning of Citizenship

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Essay: Journal Article, The Meanings of Citizenship

Kerber is discussing the constant evolution of citizenship. During the article she highlights four main points. She discusses Attentive & Multinational Citizenship, Braided Citizenship, Borders & Immigrants and Postnational Citizenship. My goal is to provide an inept assessment and my thoughts and understanding in regards to Kerber’s article.

Kerber begins her first point by discussing the attentiveness meaning of citizenship. She briefly describes the last great period of attentiveness during the 1930’s & the Post Cold War. In stable times citizenship is thought to be a permanent thing, and now has become fluid, unsteady and loose. National citizenship is slowly fading as multinational citizenship is becoming more common. But there are remaining problems with this destabilized citizenship. After numerous law changes, many found that citizenship has become more and more segregated at times. After the American Revolution, modern citizenship had been created for a new political order. There were three different ways to be given citizenship. The first common-law of the land: If birth was on U.S. soil, you were a rightful citizen. Second was right of blood. If a father & mother were legal Head 2

citizens of the U.S., and had a child that was born on foreign soil, the child would inherit the right of U.S. citizenship due to blood association. Last, was Naturalization; it was a legal process that grants an immigrant’s citizenship to the U.S. In other countries around the world the ideas of citizenship have similar meanings, but are earned and given in different ways. It’s unique the United States still honors jus soli, whereas in other countries citizenship is not given, I am shocked to find it’s earned. Our forefathers left few hints to what they meant by citizenship. The Constitution says each citizen will be entitled...
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