Migrant Marginality

A Transnational Perspective

Edited by Philip Kretsedemas, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Glenn Jacobs

© 2013 – Routledge

360 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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. Joseph17. 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

About the Editors

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC020000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC031000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations