Terror and the loss of citizenship

Joppke, Christian (2016). Terror and the loss of citizenship. Citizenship studies, 20(6-7), pp. 728-748. Taylor & Francis (Routledge) 10.1080/13621025.2016.1191435

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Terror in the name of God and the specter of returning fighters for the so-called ‘Islamic State’ have recently moved some Western states, including Britain, Canada, and France, toward revoking the citizenship of terrorists. To critics, this constitutes a ‘return to banishment,’ a ‘fate universally decried by civilized people,’ as an American Supreme Court Chief Justice put it in the late 1950s. In a double reflection on the changing nature of terror and of citizenship, this paper argues that denationalization is, in principle, the adequate response to terror. This is because terror, particularly of the Islamist kind, is no ordinary crime but attack on the fundaments of citizenship. But what is right in principle may not be the right thing to do, because denationalization raises serious practicality problems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1362-1025

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michalina Zofia Preisner

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2017 12:20

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2017 00:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13621025.2016.1191435

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98454

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98454

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