Kinship across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration

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The failure of current immigration policies in the United States has resulted in dire consequences: a significant increase in border deaths, a proliferation of smuggling networks, prolonged family separation, inhumane raids, a patchwork of local ordinances criminalizing activities of immigrants and those who harbor them, and the creation of an underclass -- none of which are appropriate or just outcomes for those holding Christian commitments.

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Overview

The failure of current immigration policies in the United States has resulted in dire consequences: a significant increase in border deaths, a proliferation of smuggling networks, prolonged family separation, inhumane raids, a patchwork of local ordinances criminalizing activities of immigrants and those who harbor them, and the creation of an underclass -- none of which are appropriate or just outcomes for those holding Christian commitments.

Kinship Across Borders analyzes contemporary US immigration in the context of fundamental Christian beliefs about the human person, sin, family life, and global solidarity. Kristin Heyer expertly demonstrates how current US immigration policies reflect harmful neoliberal economic priorities, and why immigration cannot be reduced to security or legal issues alone. Rather, she explains that immigration involves a broad array of economic issues, trade policies, concerns of cultural tolerance and criminal justice, and, at root, an understanding of the human person.

In Kinship Across Borders, Heyer has developed a Christian immigration ethic -- grounded in scriptural, anthropological, and social teachings and rooted in the experiences of undocumented migrants -- that calls society to promote concrete practices and policies reflecting justice and solidarity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589019300
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Series: Moral Traditions Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 645,489
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin E. Heyer is an associate professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University. She is the author of Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of US Catholicism, which won the College Theology Society's Best Book Award, and coeditor of Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Overview of the Chapters

1. Christian Anthropology and the De-Humanization of Immigrants Economy and the De-Humanization of Immigrants Security and the De-Humanization of Immigrants Culture and the De-Humanization of ImmigrantsChristian Anthropology: Illuminating Immigrants' Constrained Agency and RelationalityImmigrants' Agency amid Constraint Conclusions

2. Social Sin and Inhospitality to ImmigrantsSocial Sin and Immigration: An Overview A Magisterial Understanding of Social Sin: The Legacy of John Paul II Liberation Theology and Social Sin: Institutionalized Violence and Ideological BlindnessSocial Sin as Institutional and Ideological: Implications for Immigration From Social Sin to Solidarity: A Paradigm for Pastoral Action

3.Domestic Church and Threats Facing Immigrant FamiliesMigrant Women's Vulnerabilities: En Route and On the Job Alienating Families: Barriers to Unification Enforcement Mechanisms and Familial Fallout Market Logic and the Family Christian Family Ethics: Resources for Retrieval Relational Anthropology Domestic Church Families' Social Mission Christian Family Ethics: Caveats and Challenges The Work of Social Reproduction The Multivalence of Familismo The Limits of Idealized Norms Conclusions

4. Global Solidarity and the Immigration ParadigmGlobalization and Migration Neoliberal Globalization and Economic Polarization Unfree Trade in the Americas: The Case of NAFTA The Religion of Modern Empire: Ideologies that Conceal and Enslave New Anchors for the Unmoored: Political Justice in a Globalizing Context Global Solidarities: Reorienting the Immigration Paradigm Institutional Solidarity Incarnational Solidarity Conflictual Solidarity Conclusions

5. Civic Kinship and Subversive Hospitality: A Christian Immigration Ethic Rule of Law?Immigration Industrial Complex Christian Ethics: (Re)orienting Immigration Rhetoric and Realities Loving the "Stranger" as Subversive HospitalityPolicy Contours Integration: Civic Kinship Migrants Experiences: (Re)orienting Christian Ethics Conclusions and Strategies for Change

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