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Title: Deserving citizenship? Exploring migrants' experiences of the 'citizenship test' process in the United Kingdom.
Authors: Monforte, Pierre
Bassel, Leah
Khan, Kamran
First Published: 21-Feb-2018
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: British Journal of Sociology, 2018, pp. 1-20
Abstract: Since the early 2000s several European countries have introduced language and citizenship tests as new requirements for access to long-term residence or naturalization. The content of citizenship tests has been often presented as exclusionary in nature, in particular as it is based on the idea that access to citizenship has to be 'deserved'. In this paper, we aim to explore the citizenship tests 'from below', through the focus on the experience of migrants who prepare and take the 'Life in the UK' test, and with particular reference to how they relate to the idea of 'deservingness'. Through a set of in-depth interviews with migrants in two different cities (Leicester and London), we show that many of them use narratives in which they distinguish between the 'deserving citizens' and the 'undeserving Others' when they reflect upon their experience of becoming citizens. In so doing, they negotiate new hierarchies of inclusion into and exclusion from citizenship, which reflect broader neo-liberal and ethos-based conceptions of citizenship.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1468-4446.12351
ISSN: 0007-1315
eISSN: 1468-4446
Links: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-4446.12351
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/41549
Embargo on file until: 21-Feb-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (http://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved)
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