1st Edition

Migrant Marginality A Transnational Perspective

    360 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    390 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited book uses migrant marginality to problematize several different aspects of global migration. It examines how many different societies have defined their national identities, cultural values and terms of political membership through (and in opposition to) constructions of migrants and migration. The book includes case studies from Western and Eastern Europe, North America and the Caribbean. It is organized into thematic sections that illustrate how different aspects of migrant marginality have unfolded across several national contexts. 

    The first section of the book examines the limitations of multicultural policies that have been used to incorporate migrants into the host society. The second section examines anti-immigrant discourses and get-tough enforcement practices that are geared toward excluding and removing criminalized “aliens”. The third section examines some of the gendered dimensions of migrant marginality. The fourth section examines the way that racially marginalized populations have engaged the politics of immigration, constructing themselves as either migrants or natives.

    The book offers researchers, policy makers and students an appreciation for the various policy concerns, ethical dilemmas and political and cultural antagonisms that must be engaged in order to properly understand the problem of migrant marginality.

    1. Introduction: The Problem of Migrant Marginality  Jorge Capetillo-Ponce and Philip Kretsedemas  Testing the Limits of Multiculturalism  2. Challenging Mainstream Narratives on Diversity and Immigration in Portugal:
    Accounting for the History of Colonialism and Racism  Marta Araujo  3. Politics, Citizenship and the Construction of Immigrant Communities in Italy  Valentina Pagliai  4. Legislated Isomorphism of Immigrant Religion: Lessons from Sweden  Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis  Manufacturing Exclusion: Anti Immigrant Politics and Policies  5. Constructing Otherness: Media and Parliamentary Discourse on Immigration in Slovenia  Ana Kralj  6. Designed to Punish: Immigrant Detention and Deportation in the US  Mark Dow  7. "We Are Not Racists, But We Do Not Want Immigrants": How Italy Uses Immigration Law to Marginalize Immigrants and Create a (New) National Identity  Barbara Faedda  Gendered Peripheries: Emigrants, Asylum Seekers and the Feminization of Migrant Marginality  8. Gendered Global Ethnography: Comparing Migration Patterns and Ukrainian Emigration  Cinzia Solari  9. Remittances in Provincial Georgia: The Case of Daba Tianeti  Tamar Zurabishvili and Tinatin Zurabishvili  10. The Dominican LGBTIQ Movement and Asylum Claims in the United States  Jacqueline Jiménez Polanco  11. Becoming Legible and "Legitimized": Subjectivation and Governmentality Among Asylum Seekers in Ireland  Deirdre Conlon  Immigrant Identities and the Politics of Race and Nativity  12. Immigration and Identity in the U.S. Virgin Islands  Jorge Capetillo-Ponce and Luis Galanes  13. What Rises from the Ashes: Nation and Race in the African American Enclave of Samaná  Ryan Mann-Hamilton  14. Redrawing the Lines: Understanding Race and Citizenship Through the Lens of Afro-Mexican Migrants in Winston-Salem, NC  Jennifer A. Jones  15. Becoming Black? Race and Racial Identity Among Cape Verdean Youth  P. Khalil Saucier  16. Latino or Hispanic: The Dilemma of Ethno-Racial Classification for Brazilian Immigrants in the US  Tiffany D. Joseph  17. Popular Culture and Immigration  Rachel Rubin and Jeff Melnick  Where To, Beyond the Margin?  18. Toward Decolonizing Methodologies for Immigration Research  Sharif Islam  19. Conclusion: Discourses and Immigrant Identities  Glenn Jacobs


    Philip Kretsedemas is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

    Jorge Capetillo-Ponce is presently Director of Latino Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute at University of Massachusetts-Boston.

    Glenn Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and head of the Umass-Boston, Trotter Institute research consortium on immigrant community-based organizations.