In the globalized world an extensive process of international migration has developed. The resulting conundrum of issues when examining crime and migration makes for a bitterly complex and intriguing set of debates.
In this compelling account, Dario Melossi provides an authoritative take on the theory and research examining the connection of crime, migration and punishment. Through a socio-historical and criminological approach, he shows that the core questions of migrants' criminal behaviour are tightly related to the rules and practices of migrants' reception within the various countries' social and normative structures.
Written for students, academics, researchers and activists with an interest in the topic, the book will appeal to individuals in a range of disciplines, from criminology and sociology to politics, international relations, ethnic studies, geography, social policy and development.
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Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice – offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics. They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach. Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.
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Chapter Three: Crime, Punishment and Migration in an Age of Globalization: Europe
Crime, Punishment and Migration in an Age of Globalization: Europe
We have seen that, in the case of the United States, the hostility toward an immigrant “other,” even if certainly present at different times in the history of the country, almost always yielded, especially in the perspective of elites, to the rhetoric of the immigrant country. A see-saw of hatred and love for the stranger has accompanied the various stages in the social and economic development of the United States. At times the stranger was celebrated as part of a cosmopolitan urban wealth in periods of prosperity and progress, at other times execrated as a sacrificial scapegoat, in periods of crisis, depression and misery. The stranger's ...