Challenge to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States

Challenge to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States

Challenge to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States

Challenge to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States

Synopsis

This volume collects recent research by some of the world's leading figures in the fast-growing area of immigration studies. Relating the study of immigration to other, wider processes of social change, the book focuses on two key areas in which nation-states are being challenged by this phenomenon: sovereignty and citizenship. Separate clusters of scholarship have evolved around both areas, and this work attempts to unite these camps, sorting out the many contrasting views on the influences of immigration upon the state's authority and integrity. Focusing on the issue of sovereignty in the first section, and then on citizenship in the second, this compelling new study seeks to clarify the central stakes and opposing positions in this debate.

Excerpt

With the exception of Gary Freeman's contribution (which was commissioned last and arrived first!), all chapters to this volume were originally presented at two workshops on the politics of immigration which took place in December 1995 and January 1996 at the European University Institute in Florence. The road to the meetings, and from the meetings to the book, has been a long one. To get it done, the help of three people was indispensable. Marie-Ange Catotti (not just an alphabetical and lady first) organized the meetings, with a smile and on top of her regular secretarial duties. It is no flattery to say that she gave the best performance of all of us. On the academic side, an anonymous reviewer wrote an acid-sharp report that should have been reprinted here in full splendour. Finally, Yves Mény, Director of the Institute's Robert Schuman Centre, had the idea, provided the funds, and established the contact with Oxford University Press. With such help there was little to add on my part.

Christian Joppke

San Domenico di Fiesole April 1997 . . .

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