The most up-to-date analysis of today's immigration issues

As the authors state in Chapter 1, “the movement of people across national borders represents one of the most vivid dramas of social reality in the contemporary world.” This comparative text examines contemporary immigration across the globe, focusing on 20 major nations. Noted scholars Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist introduce students to important topics of inquiry at the heart of the field, including

Movement: Explores the theories of migration using a historical perspective of the modern world.

Settlement: Provides clarity concerning the controversial matter of immigrant incorporation and refers to the varied ways immigrants come to be a part of a new society.

Control: Focuses on the politics of immigration and examines the role of states in shaping how people choose to migrate.

Key Features

Provides comprehensive coverage of topics not covered in other texts, such as state and immigration control, focusing on policies created to control migratory flow and evolving views of citizenship; Offers a global portrait of contemporary immigration, including a demographic overview of today's cross-border movers; Offers critical assessments of the achievements of the field to date; Encourages students to rethink traditional views about the distinction between citizen and alien in this global age; Suggests paths for future research and new theoretical developments

Beyond a Border is a part of the SAGE Pine Forge Sociology for a New Century Series. It offers professors a powerful and timely option to incorporate the topic of immigration in their courses.

Assimilation: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Reframing
Assimilation: Historical perspective and contemporary reframing

The preceding section was concerned with movement across borders, exploring the development over time of increasingly complex accounts of the dynamics of migration and reviewing contemporary migratory flows with these accounts in mind. As noted earlier, this work has primarily been the focus of demographers and economic sociologists. This section is concerned with settlement. As will quickly become evident, the patterns or modes of settlement involve not only the immigrant generation, but also their generational offspring as well—the second and third generations and beyond. This section's three chapters represent an examination of what might be called the bread and butter of sociology from the earliest studies of immigration a century ago to the present, ...

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