Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Definition: Immigrants whose entry and employment (typically via formal recruitment programmes) is allowed under the assumption that their presence will be temporary – an assumption that often turns out to be incorrect.
The term guestworkers is used to describe a form of labour migration where the workers in question are intended to live and work in the receiving country on a [Page 77]strictly temporary basis. This intention is held by the host country and, at least initially, by many of the workers themselves. But the assumption of a limited time frame has so often proven to be wrong in practice that the word itself is best considered a misnomer, as implied already in the title of Rosemary Rogers’ book, Guests Come to Stay (1985). Guestworker ...