Nation and Migration: Past and Future

Nation and Migration: Past and Future

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Nation and Migration: Past and Future by David G. Gutiérrez

Much of the terrain in American studies has been transformed in recent years by a fundamental reconsideration of the relationship among capitalism, the nation-state, and human migration. Nation and Migration focuses on this disciplinary shift and offers a contemporary understanding of the transnational circulation of migrants and immigrants in a global economy.

In the first section, contributors evaluate issues of citizenship and state power, examining the mechanisms through which immigrants are regulated, restricted, and disciplined by state institutions and agents. The next section presents differing perspectives on transnationalism. This discussion is followed by essays that address how migrants and migrant communities experience their tenuous positions. The concluding section analyzes literary representations of the entwined processes of imperialism, globalization, and transnational migration.

Covering a broad range of nationalities and topics, the essays that make up this book suggest that there are many borders to cross in the new scholarship on nation and migration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801892813
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/27/2009
Series: A Special Issue of American Quarterly Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David G. Gutiérrez is a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is a professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California and author of God’s Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigrant Rights.

Table of Contents

Preface Curtis Marez vii

Introduction David G. Gutiérrez Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo 1

Citizenship and State Power

The Deportation Terror Rachel Ida Buff 21

Immigration Enforcement and the Complication of National Sovereignty: Understanding Local Enforcement as an Exercise in Neoliberal Governance Philip Krestsedemas 51

"Citizenship Matters": Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum J. M. Mancini Graham Finlay 73

New Americans or Diasporic Nationalists? Mexican Migrant Responses to Naturalization and Implications for Political Participation Adrián Félix 99


Transnationalism: A Category of Analysis Laura Briggs Gladys McCormick J. T. Way 123

The Birth of a European Public: Migration, Postnationality, and Race in the Uniting of Europe Fatima El-Tayeb 147

Enforcing Transnational White Solidarity: Asian Migration and the Formation of the U.S.-Canadian Boundary Kornel Chang 169

Migrant Experiences

Flexible Citizenship/Flexible Empire: South Asian Muslim Youth in Post-9/11 America Sunaina Maira 195

Beyond Mexico: Guadalupan Sacred Space Production and Mobilization in a Chicago Suburb Elaine Peña 219

Mexican Nationalisms, Southern Racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908-1939 Julie M. Weise 247

Unskilled Labor Migration and the Illegality Spiral: Chinese, European, and Mexican Indocumentados in the United States, 1882-2007 Claudia Sadowski-Smith 277

Writing Migration

"World Menace": National Reproduction and Public Health in Katherine Mayo's Mother India Asha Nadkarni 303

Re-Producing a Nationalist Literature in the Age of Globalization: Reading(Im)migration in Julia Alvarez's How the García Girls Lost Their Accents Sarika Chandra 327

Event Review

Police Riot on the Net: From "Citizen Journalism" to Comunicación Popular Sasha Costanza-Chock 349

Contributors 363

Index 369

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In this stunning volume, David Gutiérrez and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo bring some of the finest minds across the disciplines to bear on the question of migration in all its depth and complexity. With its extraordinary combination of perspectives, the collection exudes complexly comparative yet remarkably coherent insights on the systematic linkages between globalization, transnationalism, and migration.

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