Citizenship

  • citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state or belonging to a nation. the idea of citizenship has been defined as the capacity of individuals to defend their rights in front of the governmental authority.[1]

    a person may have multiple citizenships. a person who does not have citizenship of any state is said to be stateless, while one who lives on state borders whose territorial status is uncertain is a border-lander.[2]

    a citizenship ceremony in australia

    nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in english[3] – notably in international law – although the term is sometimes understood as denoting a person's membership of a nation (a large ethnic group).[4] in some countries, e.g. the united states, the united kingdom, nationality and citizenship can have different meanings (for more information, see nationality versus citizenship).

  • determining factors
  • history
  • different senses
  • international
  • subnational
  • education
  • criticism of citizenship education in schools
  • see also
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Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state or belonging to a nation. The idea of citizenship has been defined as the capacity of individuals to defend their rights in front of the governmental authority.[1]

A person may have multiple citizenships. A person who does not have citizenship of any state is said to be stateless, while one who lives on state borders whose territorial status is uncertain is a border-lander.[2]

A citizenship ceremony in Australia

Nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in English[3] – notably in international law – although the term is sometimes understood as denoting a person's membership of a nation (a large ethnic group).[4] In some countries, e.g. the United States, the United Kingdom, nationality and citizenship can have different meanings (for more information, see Nationality versus citizenship).