This article analyze the origin and development of nationality as a precondition of citizenship during the formation of the nation-state in France, England and Germany. For heuristic purposes distinguish between nationality laws, citizenship rights and the subjective notion of national identity. Despite relevant juridical-historical differences between the three countries, this comparison reveals one political commonality, namely the progressive 'naturalization' of nationality owing to the adoption of the principle of the 'jus sanguinis' as bourgeois class society consolidates and which contradicts liberal individualism. And this has gendered consequences.
|Publication status||Published - 19 Aug 2000|