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Immigrants at the Margins

Immigrants at the Margins
Law, Race, and Exclusion in Southern Europe


Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521609128

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  • Spain and Italy have recently become countries of large-scale immigration. This provocative book explores immigration law and the immigrant experience in these southern European nations, and exposes the tension between the temporary and contingent legal status of most immigrants, and the government emphasis on integration. This book reveals that while law and the rhetoric of policymakers stress the urgency of integration, not only are they failing in that effort, but law itself plays a role in that failure. In addressing this paradox, the author combines theoretical insights and extensive data from myriad sources collected over more than a decade to demonstrate the connections among immigrants' role as cheap labor - carefully inscribed in law - and their social exclusion, criminalization, and racialization. Extrapolating from this economics of alterité, this book engages more general questions of citizenship, belonging, race and community in this global era.

    • The first English-language book to examine immigration policy and the immigrant experience in these new countries of large-scale immigration (Spain and Italy)
    • Provides the basis for a broadly comparative analysis, not just between Italy and Spain, but between these southern European countries and the United States
    • Brings together important international scholarship in the original languages (Spanish, Italian, and in some cases Catalan) and makes it accessible to an English-speaking audience
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    'Immigrants at the Margins is highly recommended.' New Law Journal

    ' … offers a compelling view of the complex world of contemporary immigration in Italy and spain … Calavita's poignant narrative is nevertheless breathtaking …' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521609128
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Legal framework and the wayward 'legs of law'
    3. 'Useful invaders': the economics of alterité
    4. Integrating the other
    5. The everyday dynamics of exclusion: work, health, and housing
    6. Fuel on the fire: politics, crime, and racialization
    7. Conclusion: immigrants and other strangers in the global marketplace.

  • Author

    Kitty Calavita, University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Irvine.

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