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Ties That Bind: Views of Nationality, Citizenship, Ethnicityand Identity

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The terms nationality and citizenship are perhaps so often confused precisely because they are so closely connected. Radan argues that much semantic confusion stems from the appropriation of terminology relevant to the “nation-state” by the “citizen-state”, such as when states which do not pretend to have “nations” as their fundamental basis continue to be referred to as “nations”. Since the emergence of the modern system of sovereign states within a system of international law and relations, both concepts of “nation” and “nationality” can be said to have reflected different views of the state. Both developed in tandem with modern notion of the community of sovereign states, each the equal of the other in international law. But at some point, the political nation-state was divorced from romantic ideas of the nation-state, and the “politico-legal” notion of nationality as a tie that binds the individual to the sovereign, clearly distinguished from ethnicity.

Keywords: citizenship; ethnicity; international law; nationality; sovereign states



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