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.

Citizenship and the State in a Globalizing World
Citizenship and the state in a globalizing world

Who should be permitted to stay—and on what terms? This is the inevitable question that arises after the question that introduced the preceding chapter (Who should get in?) has been answered. Once immigrants are allowed into a country, their status in that country needs to be sorted out. Is their entrance contingent on the assumption that at some specified point in time they will return to their country of origin? Or will they be permitted to reside permanently in the settlement state? If the latter is the case, will they be afforded the opportunity to become full-fledged citizens of that state? These are the questions that will be addressed in ...

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