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Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series

The politics of identity and citizenship has assumed increasing importance as our polities have become significantly more culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse. Different types of scholars, including philosophers, sociologists, political scientists and historians make contributions to this field and this series showcases a variety of innovative contributions to it. Focusing on a range of different countries, and utilizing the insights of different disciplines, the series helps to illuminate an increasingly controversial area of research and titles in it will be of interest to a number of audiences including scholars, students and other interested individuals.

Series editors
Series editors are Varun Uberoi, Brunel University, Nasar Meer, Northumbria University and Tariq Modood, University of Bristol.

The Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series is published with Palgrave Macmillan. The following titles are available - see this flyer (PDF, 1,007kB) for discounts:


Invisible Borders

Enrico Gargiulo (2021)

This book analyses residency, a form of municipal membership that plays a strategic role in administrative processes in Italy. Residency is a two-faced juridical status: a means for exercising rights and moving freely within a state territory and, at the same time, a tool of control that operates through identification and registration.


The Theory of Recognition and Multicultural Policies in Colombia and New Zealand

Nicolas Pirsoul (2020)

This book analyses the policies of recognition that were developed and implemented to improve the autonomy and socio-economic well-being of Māori in New Zealand and of indigenous and Afro-descendent people in Colombia.


The Secular Sacred

Edited by Markus Balkenhol, Ernst van den Hemel and Irene Stengs (2020)

How do religious emotions and national sentiment become entangled across the world? In exploring this theme, The Secular Sacred focuses on diverse topics such as the dynamic roles of Carnival in Brazil, the public contestation of ritual in Northern Nigeria, and the culturalization of secular tolerance in the Netherlands.


'Race,’ Space and Multiculturalism in Northern England

Shamim Miah, Pete Sanderson and Paul Thomas (2020)

This book challenges the narrative of Northern England as a failed space of multiculturalism, drawing on a historically-contextualised discussion of ethnic relations to argue that multiculturalism has been more successful and locally situated than these assumptions allow.


Identifications of French People of Algerian Origin

Jacek Kubera (2020)

This book is an innovative presentation of the way in which the descendants of Muslim immigrants from Algeria in France perceive and deal with multiple social identifications.


Ethnic Dignity and the Ulster-Scots Movement in Northern Ireland

Peter Gardner (2020)

In this book, Peter Gardner contends that the production of narratives of ethnic peoplehood is an attempt to regain a sense of collective dignity among the previously dominant.


Civic Multiculturalism in Singapore

Terri-Anne Teo (2019)

Drawing on the case of Singapore as an illustrative example, where temporary labour migrants are culturally stereotyped, socioeconomically disenfranchised and denied access to rights accorded only to citizens, this book argues that understandings of multiculturalism need to be expanded and adjusted to include a fluidity of identities, spectrum of rights and shared experiences of marginalisation among citizens and non-citizens.


Diversity in Decline?

Arjun Tremblay (2019)

This book considers the future of multiculturalism, contextualised within an ideological and political shift to the right.


Finding Political Identities

Alistair Ross (2019)

This book examines how young people in Europe construct their political identities. Based on small discussion groups with 2000 young people across 29 European states, it explores how 13 to 20 year olds build identities in contemporary society, creating contingent narratives of local, national and European identities with families, friends and social media.


Honneth and Everyday Intercultural (Mis)Recognition

Bona Anna (2018)

This book conducts a critical investigation into everyday intercultural recognition and misrecognition in the domain of paid work, utilising social philosopher Axel Honneth’s recognition theory as its theoretical foundation.


Unequal Accommodation of Minority Rights

Edited by Tamás Kiss, István Gergő Székely, Tibor Toró, Bárdi Nándor and István Horváth (2018)

This book provides an in-depth multidisciplinary analysis of the major social and political processes affecting Hungarians in Romania after the overthrow of the Communist regime in 1989.


Conceptualisation of Integration

Abdi Hersi (2018)

This book identifies and examines the meanings of integration from the perspective of Australian Muslims, through analysis of focus group discussions and in-depth interviews in the South East Queensland region.


Muslims, Trust and Multiculturalism

Edited by Amina Yaqin, Peter Morey and Asmaa Soliman (2018)

This book critically engages with the contemporary breakdown of trust between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the West. It argues that a crisis of trust currently hampers intercultural relations and obstructs full participation in citizenship and civil society for those who fall prey to the suspicions of the state and their fellow citizens.


Welfare Activities by New Religious Actors

Elisa Banfi (2018)

This book offers a comparative examination of Islamic welfare activities across urban areas in both Switzerland and Italy, in order to address general issues relating to the welfare engagement of Islamic organisations in Europe.


Mixed Race Britain in The Twentieth Century

Chamion Caballero and Peter J Aspinall (2018)

This book explores the overlooked history of racial mixing in Britain during the course of the twentieth century, a period in which there was considerable and influential public debate on the meanings and implications of intimately crossing racial boundaries.


Citizenship and the Political Integration of Muslims

Manlio Cinalli (2017)

This book explores the political integration of Muslims and Islam across contemporary democracies. The author focuses on France, a country in which the integration of Muslims is usually seen as being problematic and controversial, and which is struggling with both Islamic radicalisation on the one hand, and the new wave of extreme-right populism on the other.


Lived Citizenship on the Edge of Society

Edited by Hanne Warming and Kristian Fahnøe (2017)

This edited collection presents the concept of lived citizenship as a fruitful avenue for exploring the role played by social work practices in the lives of people in vulnerable positions. The book centres on the everyday experiences through which people practice, negotiate, understand and feel their citizenship.


Muslim Communities in England 1962-90

Jed Fazakarley (2017)

This book analyses Muslim integration into English society from the 1960s to the 1990s. The author argues that, contrary to common narratives built around a sudden transformation during the Rushdie affair, religious identity was of great importance to English Muslims throughout this period.


Nation, Class and Resentment

Robin Mann and Steve Fenton (2017)

This timely book provides an extensive account of national identities in three of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom: Wales, Scotland and England. In all three contexts, identity and nationalism have become questions of acute interest in both academic and political commentary.


Muslim Women, Social Movements and the 'War on Terror'

Nazarnin Massoumi (2015)

The post-September 11th British anti-war movement brought together Muslim activists, organizations and leftist groups in opposition to the 'War on Terror'. This book tells the story of what happened behind the scenes of this extraordinary mass movement, looking specifically at the political relationship between Muslim and leftist activists.


The Politics of Social Cohesion in Germany, France and the United Kingdom

Jan Dobbernack (2014)

Across Europe the protection of 'social cohesion' has become an important political objective. This book draws attention to the connection between the cohesive society and the active society. It explores France, Germany and the United Kingdom and challenges the claim that the active conduct of problematic populations can save society from collapse. 


Tolerance, Intolerance and Respect: Hard to Accept?

Edited by Jan Dobbernack and Tariq Modood (2013)

Thisbook from the ACCEPT Pluralism project argues that with the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity that is a feature of European societies today, pluralism is experienced in new and challenging ways. In many places, an urban cosmopolitan mix sits side by side with group-based expressions of faith and culture. The debate about the types of 'acceptance' that these situations require tend to follow new patterns. Increasing openness and respect for some may rest upon a reinforced intolerance towards others. This complicates and challenges our understanding of what it means for societies to be accepting, tolerant or respectful of cultural diversity in its various forms. This volume seeks to meet this challenge with perspectives that consider new dynamics towards tolerance, intolerance and respect. 


Political Engagement Amongst Ethnic Minority Young People

Therese O´Toole and Richard Gale (2013)

This book engages with debates on ethnic minority and Muslim young people showing, beyond apathy and violent political extremism, the diverse forms of political engagement in which young people engage.


British Muslim Politics

Parveen Akhtar (2013)

Although there has emerged a huge interest in the Muslim communities in Britain since 9/11 and 7/7, few academic studies have focused on the political processes within Muslim communities and the impacts these have on civic engagement. This book examines the political biographies and religious identities of British Muslims of Pakistani descent. 


Ethnic Citizenship Regimes

Aleksandra Maatsch (2011)

National citizenship is still the last bastion of states' sovereignty, meaning that EU institutions cannot exercise any direct influence on national citizenship legislation in the EU member states. On the other hand, the process of political integration in the EU, international human rights' development and globalization are claimed to have indirectly challenged states' exclusive competences in that legal area. This book sheds light on the processes that have transformed national citizenship of the European Union's member states and explains the legislative changes that have taken place since the mid-1980s in Germany, Hungary and Poland.


Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness

Edited by Tariq Modood and John Salt (2011)

This book explores some of the most topical issues around migration and integration in relation to Britain. It examines people smuggling as well as the elite labour migration that has become feature of Britain.  It examines aspects of the concepts of social capital, social cohesion and Britishness. Ethnic capital and ethnic penalties are identified and their links to religion and segregation displayed and it is shown how religion, in the form of aspects of Muslim behavior, is becoming a boundary of Britishness at a time when significant sections of the ethnic majority evinces scepticism about multiculturalism.


Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion

Paul Thomas (2011)

This book discusses the meaning and practice of British community cohesion policies, youth identities in racially-tense areas and the British government's attempts to 'prevent violent extremism' amongst young Muslims.


Social Freedom in a Multicultural State

Ganesh Nathan (2010)

The politics of multiculturalism faces challenges in Western democratic states. Arguing that this setback is based on the notion of culture as separate and distinct, this book explores how to face current challenges to multiculturalism without reifying culture, group and identity.


Security, Citizenship and Human Rights

Derek McGhee (2010)

Security, Citizenship and Human Rights examines counter-terrorism, immigration, citizenship, human rights, 'equalities' and the shifting discourses of 'shared values' and human rights in contemporary Britain. The book argues that British citizenship and human rights policy is being remade and remoulded around public security and that this process could be detrimental to 'our' sense of citizenship, shared values and commitment to human rights.


The Plural States of Recognition

Michel Seymour (2010)

Critical reflections by established academics on the crisis of multiculturalism that occurred in Great Britain, Netherlands and Canada. It provides an occasion to develop a sophisticated understanding of societies characterized by religious, ethnic and cultural diversity.


Citizenship, Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism

Nasar Meer (2010)

This book develops a novel sociological and political understanding of Muslim identities in Britain, which is elaborated through case studies of Muslim mobilizations over issues of education, discrimination legislation, media representation, as well as a consideration of the local impact of global concerns surrounding issues of terrorism and Muslim radicalism.

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