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Beyond a Border

Beyond a Border
The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration

  • Peter Kivisto - Augustana College, USA, Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought, and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare, Augustana College, USA
  • Thomas Faist - Bielefeld University, Germany

December 2009 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The most up-to-date analysis of today’s immigration issues

As the authors state in Chapter 1, “the movement of people across national borders represents one of the most vivid dramas of social reality in the contemporary world.” This comparative text examines contemporary immigration across the globe, focusing on 20 major nations. Noted scholars Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist introduce students to important topics of inquiry at the heart of the field, including

Movement: Explores the theories of migration using a historical perspective of the modern world.
Settlement: Provides clarity concerning the controversial matter of immigrant incorporation and refers to the varied ways immigrants come to be a part of a new society.
Control: Focuses on the politics of immigration and examines the role of states in shaping how people choose to migrate.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of topics not covered in other texts, such as state and immigration control, focusing on policies created to control migratory flow and evolving views of citizenship
  • Offers a global portrait of contemporary immigration, including a demographic overview of today’s cross-border movers
  • Offers critical assessments of the achievements of the field to date
  • Encourages students to rethink traditional views about the distinction between citizen and alien in this global age
  • Suggests paths for future research and new theoretical developments

Beyond a Border is a part of the SAGE Pine Forge Sociology for a New Century Series. It offers professors a powerful and timely option to incorporate the topic of immigration in their courses.

Contributor to the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award

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CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Moving Across Borders
SECTION I: Movement
CHAPTER 2: Accounting for Immigration Flows
CHAPTER 3: Counting Contemporary Immigration Flows
SECTION II: Settlement
CHAPTER 4: Assimilation: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Reframing
CHAPTER 5: Transnationalism and the Persistence of Homeland Ties
CHAPTER 6: Multiculturalism: A New Mode of Incorporation
CHAPTER 7: The State and Immigration Control
CHAPTER 8: Citizenship and the State in a Globalizing World
About the Authors

"Compiled by two leading scholars demonstrating their mastery of the field, Beyond a Border provides an invaluable, single-text resource spanning a comprehensive range of immigration theories and dynamics."

Steven Vertovec
Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

did not receive this book

Mr Michael Donaldson
Care Humatities and sport, North Glasgow Collge
August 15, 2019

Very interesting book on contemporary immigration: the principal anthropological/sociological theories and concepts and also ethnographic dates. Very important for undergraduate students and research projects.

Professor Donizete Rodrigues
Department of Sociology, University Beira Interior
August 12, 2014

It provides a contemporary coverage of several migration theories. The authors take a critical position (assessment) on issues that have been achieved and others that need to be reconsidered. In particularly, I enjoined the politics of immigration where the authors raise vital questions why the national states control and permit the entrance of migrants and under which terms. They raise issues that need to further discussed and researched by several scholars around the world.

Dr Stefanos Spaneas
Social Science , University of Nicosia
January 10, 2014

This book is every bit as good as I expected. It combines both the North American and European experiences while offering a very good selection of topics. Unusually for a textbook, I have even read most of the chapters and found them to engagingly written as well as informative. I will certainly be using it again next year with the second intake of our new MSc International Migration and Public Policy.

Dr Patrick McGovern
Sociology , London School of Economics and Political Science
April 23, 2013

This book provides an excellent overview of the topic, and is especially good for graduate level students who don't have a background in the topic. I won't be using the entire book, but will be using multiple chapters.

Miss Audrey Faber
Department of Politics, University of Kiel
December 4, 2011

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