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Citizenship, Statehood, and Allegiance

From: Managing Diversity


Citizenship is simply a legal category, a matter of law. It does not, in and of itself, carry any particular individual qualities or attributes, or, with one arguable exception, give rise to any particular entitlements.



Helen Irving

Helen Irving is associate professor and director of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. In 2005–06 she was visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where she held the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies. She has published widely on constitutional law and history, gender and constitution-making, and citizenship. Her books include To Constitutea Nation: A Cultural History of Australia’s Constitution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Five Things to Know about the Australian Constitution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).