Integration and Resistance: The Relation of Social Organisations, Global Capital, Governments and International Immigration in Spain and Portugal, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Integration and Resistance

The Relation of Social Organisations, Global Capital, Governments and International Immigration in Spain and Portugal, 1st Edition

By Ricard Moren-Alegret


298 pages

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Integration is a key challenge facing modern society today. Integration and Resistance offers a new theoretical perspective for considering integration. By focusing on international immigrants and their organisations from a wider perspective the author demonstrates that the threat to social integration does not lie with the immigrants themselves but with global capital and the state. By analysis of data collected in Spain and Portugal the book breaks new ground in providing information on processes occurring in intermediate-capitalist countries that share some aspects of economic development, social and migration features with Northern Europe and America whilst also sharing other features such as the economic dependence of more impoverished countries.


’This is very fine book which combines deep theoretical understanding with extensive empirical research. The author is a geographer but with a wide ranging knowledge of other disciplines. Although its research base is in Lisbon and Barcelona it is of international significance and a very important contribution to the understanding of the integration of immigrant.’ Professor John Rex, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK ’Ricard Moren has produced a theoretically strong and detailed analysis of immigrant organisations in Barcelona and Lisbon. This original study is an invaluable contribution to the literature on processes of integration and resistance.’ Professor Zig Layton-Henry, Warwick University, UK ’A rigorously academic work, prepared and written from an uncommon social involvement, that helps to build bridges between universities and the rest of society. The result is a book of interest to all those who want to understand the changing situation in South West Europe regarding the arrival of foreign� immigrants. Both academics and socially concerned citizens will find in this book an useful tool.’ Professor Àngels Pascual-de-Sans, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain 'Morén-Alegret develops an impressive and comprehensive analytical framework…insights [are] provided by the author's pioneer comparative approach, by his critical analysis of contemporary social movements and by his engaged plea for alternative…routes to integration and participation.' Migration

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: mapping this book in a few words; The complexity of integration; State, integration, class and international migration; Social movements, integration and international migration; Iberian urban areas; Foreign immigration and government in Spain and Portugal; Organizations and foreign immigration in Barcelona; Organizations and foreign immigration in Lisbon; Conclusions; Appendices; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr Ricard Morén-Alegret. Researcher and Lecturer of the Geography Department at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Associate Researcher of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Warwick University. PhD in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, and MPhil in Human Geography, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Researcher in diverse areas of Migration Studies, including social integration, organisations, labour dynamics, government policies, and business influence.

About the Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration