Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West

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Overview


In exploring an array of intimacies between global migrants Nayan Shah illuminates a stunning, transient world of heterogeneous social relations—dignified, collaborative, and illicit. At the same time he demonstrates how the United States and Canada, in collusion with each other, actively sought to exclude and dispossess nonwhite races. Stranger Intimacy reveals the intersections between capitalism, the state's treatment of immigrants, sexual citizenship, and racism in the first half of the twentieth century.
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"Brilliant. . . . [Shah's] lucid prose, vivid stories, and gripping analysis make it a great read for both academic and general audiences."—H-Net Reviews

"Show how the history of even a small (in numerical terms) minority has important implications for the ways in which all Americans understand the parameters of citizenship."—Southern California Quarterly

"An important contribution to the forging of a more complete and inclusive history of the North American West."—Jrnl of American History

H-Net Reviews - Julia Camacho (University of Texas

“Brilliant. . . . [Shah’s] lucid prose, vivid stories, and gripping analysis make it a great read for both academic and general audiences.”
Southern California Quarterly

“Show how the history of even a small (in numerical terms) minority has important implications for the ways in which all Americans understand the parameters of citizenship.”
Jrnl Of American History - Andrea Geiger

“An important contribution to the forging of a more complete and inclusive history of the North American West.”
American Historical Review - Monisha Das Gupta

"Carefully documented and compellingly narrated. . . . Transforms the central questions in Asian American and immigration history."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520270879
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Series: American Crossroads
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 291,095
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nayan Shah is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Contiguous Divides (UC Press).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

part 1 Migration, Capitalism, and Stranger Intimacy

1 Passion, Violence, and Asserting Honor 19

2 Policing Strangers and Borderlands 53

3 Rural Dependency and IntimateTensions 90

part 2 Intimacy, Law, and Legitimacy

4 Legal Borderlands of Age and Gender 129

5 Intimate Ties and State Legitimacy 153

part 3 Membership and Nation-States

6 Regulating Intimacy and Immigration 191

7 Strangers to Citizenship 231

Conclusion: Estrangement and Belonging 261

Notes 275

Select Bibliography 307

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