Canadian Journal of Political Science

Research Article

The Problem of Dual Loyalty

Ilan Zvi Barona1 c1

a1 Durham University

Abstract

Abstract. Dual loyalty arises when a citizen or group of citizens holds political allegiance to another state or entity which could challenge their loyalty to the state. What defines dual loyalty as an accusation is the assumption that it is impossible to hold multiple political loyalties, but that, simultaneously, this multiplicity is denied any validity. This article explores the concept, locating it historically and locating the false and often racist discourse that characterizes its modern usage and meaning.

Résumé. La double loyauté survient quand un citoyen ou un groupe de citoyens donne son allégeance à un autre État ou à une autre entité, ce qui pourrait mettre en cause sa loyauté envers l'État. Ce qui confère à la double loyauté un caractère d'accusation, c'est la supposition qu'il est impossible d'avoir plusieurs allégeances politiques, et que, simultanément, cette multiplicité d'allégeances n'a aucune validité. Le présent article explore ce concept, en le situant sur le plan historique et en retraçant les discours faux et souvent racistes qui caractérisent son emploi et son sens modernes.

Correspondence:

c1 Ilan Zvi Baron, Lecturer in International Political Theory, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, The Al-Qasimi Building, Elvet Hill Road, Durham DH1 3TU, UK ilan.baron@durham.ac.uk.

Footnotes

Acknowlegments: I would like to thank Robert Kissack for his comments on an earlier version of this paper, William Bain for some helpful discussion on this subject, as well as Avi Kunen and the two anonymous CJPS reviewers.

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