Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States

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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.19 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author
Allan Colbern is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. He is a Presidential Award recipient from the Russell Sage Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, and his research has been featured in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
S. Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside and founding Director of its Center for Social Innovation. He is a trustee of The California Endowment, a Frederick Douglass 200 honoree, and has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many other national and state foundations.
'Citizenship Reimagined is an extraordinarily important and timely book. Colbern and Ramakrishnan provide us crucial insights about how democratic membership is governed at the state level in this era of partisan and ideological polarization. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration are shaped by American federalism.' Daniel J. Tichenor
'US states have always played a pivotal but poorly-understood role in creating and enforcing the country's immigration policies. Citizenship Reimagined sheds light on this process, revealing how states identify and exploit their power to shape the political status of non-citizens. Amid a crowded field, Colbern and Ramakrishnan have given immigration and federalism scholars a rich array of concepts, history, and up-to-the moment empirical research that will propel both fields forward in important new directions. This book is an essential resource.' Elizabeth F. Cohen, Syracuse University
'Demonstrating that US states restrict or expand rights in cases ranging from civil rights for African Americans to women's suffrage to immigrant rights today, this book convincingly illuminates the multilevel nature of citizenship and the crucial role of state-level advocacy. California's dramatic transformation from regressive to progressive policies coupled with opposite moves elsewhere highlight the enduring tension between state and national citizenship.' Willem Maas, York University
'This provocative and important volume challenges us to rethink both theory and practice. Reframing citizenship in terms of five dimensions of rights and access, the authors stress how states can use (and have used) progressive federalism to expand belonging and opportunity. Offering a special focus on California's recent pioneering efforts to promote immigrant integration, the authors chart a path for the development of policies and models that can be scaled to the national stage. Carefully researched, convincingly argued, and remarkably well-written, this is a must-read for immigration scholars and for those concerned with how social movements can leverage local power for broader change.' Manuel Pastor, USC Dornsife
'... [a] worthwhile and commendable achievement, valuable for scholars, students, and citizens alike.' Rogers M. Smith, Perspectives on Politics
'... Citizenship Reimagined is well worth the time necessary to read a book of its length and depth. Colbern and Ramakrishnan's work succeeds in bridging citizenship studies with the growing literature on immigration federalism, offering a resource that is both theoretically intriguing and rich in historical detail for researchers and the students they teach.' Margaret M. Commin, The Journal of Federalism
'... an important and timely resource for scholars and practitioners interested in understanding how federalism shapes state citizenship rights. It is well researched and clearly organized, and the book's many useful tables and figures make it recommended reading for those interested in the politics of race, ethnicity, immigration, and federalism.' Els de Graauw, Political Science Quarterly