Presenting an unprecedented wealth of empirical research, Contested Citizenship compares collective actions by migrants, xenophobes, and antiracists in Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Revealing striking cross-national differences in how immigration and diversity are contended by different national governments, these authors find that how citizenship is constructed is the key variable defining the experience of Europe's immigrant populations. Introduction: the contentious politics of immigration and ethnic relations -- Configurations of citizenship in five European countries -- Beyond the nation-state?: national and postnational claims making -- Migrants between transnationalism and national citizenship -- Minority group demands and the challenge of Islam -- The extreme right: ethnic competition or political space? -- Interest or identity?: pro-migrant and antiracist actors -- Contested citizenship: conclusions and future directions -- Appendix: the coding of political claims making.
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