Migration and Immigration: A Global View

Migration and Immigration: A Global View

Migration and Immigration: A Global View

Migration and Immigration: A Global View

Synopsis

The post-World War II period has been called "the age of migration," since an unprecedented number of people worldwide have been on the move. This reference surveys migration and immigration past and present in 14 representative countries. Historical, social, political, and economic consequences of migration are considered. Students and researchers will find the synthesis indispensable and the format ideal for comparisons.

Excerpt

This book brings together a number of topics that interest us both personally and intellectually. For both of us the topic of migration has been an important component of our personal and intellectual lives. Maura migrated to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 1980s, and Marixsa is a daughter of Puerto Rican migrants and has lived in Puerto Rico at different points in time. At the professional level, Maura has studied the class and gender dimensions of Puerto Rican migration to Chicago while Marixsa has studied the transnational community experiences of Puerto Rican women. Our conversations about the complexities and contradictions that make up our notions of “home” inspired us to interview second-generation Puerto Ricans to examine the ways in which children of immigrants construct their lives across multiple national spaces. In working collaboratively to co-edit this volume, we continued to build our friendship and professional relationship based on a shared passion for understanding the human experience as it is expressed in people's migratory movements. This book furthers our commitment to educate others about the sometimes unjust and inhumane treatment immigrants and refduees encounter all over the world.

In keeping with the objectives of the series, our goal is to provide a global perspective on migration. We were excited by the opportunity to bring together an international and multidisciplinary group of scholars that could help us create a volume addressed to a nonacademic audience. Too often the literature that is published in the United States concerning these issues tends to neglect nonacademic audiences. Further, as Puerto Rican feminists, we have always been attentive to understanding the migration experiences of U.S. Latinas from a gender perspective. For this reason, this volume is attentive to the issues migrant women face and to how race, class, and gender

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