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Guests and Aliens

Date

2015

Authors

Saskia Sassen

Abstract

Guests and Aliens presents a comprehensive analysis of worldwide immigration by one of the world’s leading experts on globalization. Putting the current “crisis” of immigration into a historical context for the first time, Sassen suggests that the American experience represents only one phase in a history of global border crossing. She describes the mass migrations of Italians and Eastern European Jews during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the international dislocations—particularly after the end of World War II—that have engendered the “refugee” concept. Using these examples, Sassen explores the causes of immigration that have resulted in nations’ welcoming incomers as “guests” or disparaging them as “aliens,” and outlines an “enlightened approach” (Publishers Weekly) to improving US and European immigration policies.

Number of pages

195

Place published

New York, NY

Publisher

The New Press

Keywords

Globalization, International Dislocation, Refugee

Content types

Policy analysis, Current Policy, and Past policies

Target groups

Policymakers and Public awareness

Geographical focuses

France, Italy, Germany, and Regional relevance

Spheres of activity

Cultural and ethnic studies, Geography, History, and Demography

Languages

English