Britishness, Belonging and Citizenship

Experiencing Nationality and Law

Devyani Prabhat

Britishness, Belonging and Citizenship

Devyani Prabhat

Distributed for Bristol University Press

128 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781447344476 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Nationality law in Britain is liberal and expansive in making it possible for immigrants to become citizens. Nonetheless, long-term residents, who are educated and possess skills that are important for the British economy, still face significant barriers to citizenship. This book offers insights into the experiences of long-term residents who have successfully become British citizens, through their own stories and newly commissioned illustrations of the journey of immigration. The goal is to explain the gap between formal law and law in practice, but the focus of the book is not solely on barriers—Devyani Prabhat also explores the feelings of belonging and empowerment that people experience during the citizenship journey.
 

Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
One Introduction to trends and concepts in British citizenship
Two British citizenship and migration stories
Three A folkloric account of citizenship and belonging
Four Myths and legends: stories of struggles and disappointment
Five A few fairy tales? Stories of success
Six And they lived happily ever after? Some conclusions…
Notes
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Sarah Neal, University of Sheffield
“Engagingly written and addresses a very timely, and urgent, area of debate.” 
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