Citizenship à la Carte: Emigration and the Sovereign State

David Fitzgerald 

Part of the Spring 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum Series

February 10, 2010

Event description

As people, goods, and ideas flow across borders, scholars have argued that globalization is eroding the sovereignty of the nation-state. In contrast, David Fitzgerald argues that far from undermining sovereignty, efforts by migrant source countries to institutionally embrace their citizens abroad highlight the robustness of the nation-state system. Indeed, the new state-citizen relationship emphasizes voluntary ties, options for expressing membership, an emphasis on rights over obligations, and the legitimacy of plural legal and affective national affiliations.


David Fitzgerald, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego

Michael Peter Smith, Distinguished Professor of Community Studies and Development, University of California Davis, respondent