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Dual Citizenship Recognition and Equal rights in Germany: Construction of a (Trans)national Form of Citizenship in 21st Century Europe


Migration, E-U integration and equalisation of rights between men and women as to maintaining and passing nationality have led to the increase of dual citizenship, which has become a main political issue in many European countries and a key topic to understand the transformation of civil societies.
Built on political anthropology of the State, the project focuses on nowadays’ Germany to see how issues about the recognition of this status can be understood within the reconfiguration of EU-immigration policies. Through an ethnographic approach, it studies both dual citizenship politics and experiences to build a multi-dimensional model of nation and immigration issues in the European context. (1) It examines the moments of problematisation of a dual citizenship issue in Germany, since 1989 until the last controversy about its full recognition in spring 2013 in the light of historical and political transformation of society and the democratic configuration of German politics. (2) It analyses the discursive strategies and collective actions that aim at the full recognition of dual citizenship. (3) It studies the legal and administrative practices that frame the way in which German State tolerates dual citizenship. (4) It explores, through personal narratives, the everyday experience of German dual citizens with different backgrounds to show how gender, race and social class guide the uses of dual citizenship. With a comparative approach to differentiated migration experiences, it figures out how this status may weave into patterns of everyday life.
The project fills a void as it proposes an new approach to dual citizenship at the intersection between political anthropology of the State and ethnography of everyday life.
Opening perspectives to Germany is an asset for my career development: it allows me to expand empirical and theoretical knowledge, to acquire a high-level experience in qualitative research and to strengthen fluency in German.

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renate Ubachs (Ms)
EU contribution
€ 161 968,80