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What is Nationality

Political Identity and Democratic Citizenship in Turbulent Times
Nationality refers to the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization. It constitutes a legal relationship between an individual person and a state. Nationality affords the state jurisdiction over the person and affords the person the protection of the state. A person's nationality is where they are a legal citizen, usually in the country where they were born. What these rights and duties are varies from state to state.
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Ethical Implications of Identity Politics for Good Governance in 21st Century Nigeria
Essien D. Essien (University of Uyo, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3677-3.ch006
Contemporary empirical studies on identity question and political identity reveal that numerous political challenges revolve around the questions of identity. Identity thesis engenders a landscape of tremendous diversity and variation, which poses political problems when there is too much or too little of it. It manifests itself when there is a shift towards cultural diversity, largely due to upswing in migration and globalization. Given the multi-ethnic configuration of Nigeria characterized by heightened identity politics, a scenario of acute crisis of identity is inexorable. This study, therefore, examines why societies are today increasingly characterized by ethnic, racial, and religious diversity, which creates room for various forms of identity. Drawing upon extensive contemporary research and literature on diversity and identity politics, the study adopts qualitative descriptive methodology with content analysis curvature. Findings reveal that Nigerian political behavior, socio-economic relationship, and governance are driven by identity politics and ethnic solidarity.
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Higher Education Abroad: Trends among the Indigenous Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel
(1) When used in a ‘legal’ sense means membership of a person in a nation state. A national of a country generally possess the right of abode in the country whose nationality he/she holds. Nationality is distinguished from citizenship, as a citizen has the right to participate in the political life of the state of which he/she is a citizen, such as by voting or standing for election. Although nationals need not have these rights, normally they do. (2) When used in a ‘sociopolitical’ sense means membership in a group of people with a shared history and a shared sense of identity and political destiny.
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