Title page for ETD etd-05022009-093141

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Solari, Sarah Yentl
Author's Email Address ssolari@vt.edu
URN etd-05022009-093141
Title German Nationality: an Illustration of Institutionalized Discrimination
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Chair
Taylor, Charles Lewis Committee Member
Weisband, Edward Committee Member
  • Germany
  • German-Turks
  • citizenship
Date of Defense 2009-04-22
Availability unrestricted
On what normative grounds can the ethnic Turkish minority in Germany be denied political membership? Over 7% of the German population is made up of foreign residents, mostly ethnic Turks, with vague social rights and no political groups. This thesis is an attempt at uncovering the developments that have lead to this situation by examining the history of German citizenship within the context of a large disenfranchised ethnic minority since the end of WWII. Finally, this thesis examines the latest legislation on German Nationality as an example of deepening ethno-cultural self-understanding institutionalized by the state that results in the discrimination of millions of foreign residents based solely on nationality.
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