Academic journal article Theological Studies

Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century

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Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century. Edited by David L. Leal and Jose E. Limon. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2013. Pp ix + 488. $46.

An interdisciplinary book of this type, dealing with the politics of immigration and the border, does not immediately seem like something this theological journal should review. However, as the method often associated with liberation theologies, "see, judge, act," returns in popularity with Pope Francis, a closer examination, one that provides a social analysis, or a way to "see," so as to judge and act responsibly, does in fact contain many good resources for understanding this increasingly complex phenomenon. We face pastoral implications for ministry in an age where a focus on diaspora studies is rendering a necessary perspective to persons whose identities are very much transnational.

The collection, a selection of papers written for the first Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) Conference held in Austin, Texas, in 2005, in a nutshell offers a "timely analysis of key issues important to current national debates ... [and includes] discussions of civic engagement, state and local reactions to immigration, transnationalism, immigrant access to social services, and political lives on the border" (4). …

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