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date: 30 March 2020

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This chapter sketches out a compromise between broad and narrow understandings of transnationalism to examine a broad set of relationships within a narrowly defined context. The relationships involve both state institutions and non-state expressions of belonging and both established and potential members. The context is explicitly extra-territorial, examining how these relationships change when individuals are absent from the territory of citizenship. The chapter argues that extra-territorial citizenship is a normative development in citizenship that will have lasting impact, providing a challenge to the ongoing territorial bias in citizenship studies and to territorial understandings of state sovereignty. Yet a narrow understanding of citizenship, as the extension of formal rights to extraterritorial citizens, is likely to fade away in practice. In contrast, a broader understanding of citizenship as a form of transnational engagement is flourishing. As citizenship responds to greater mobility this must become a more central element of citizenship studies.

Keywords: transnational, diaspora, territory, belonging, sovereignty, distance, voting, extraterritorial

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