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Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration

by Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist SAGE Publications, Inc
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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

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

"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."
Peter Kivisto, PhD (New School for Social Research), is the Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and chair of sociology at Augustana College. Among his recent books are Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist), Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung), Incorporating Diversity: Rethinking Assimilation in a Multicultural Age (2005), Key Ideas in Sociology (2nd ed., 2004), Multiculturalism in a Global Society (2002), and Social Theory: Roots and Branches (2nd ed., 2002). His primary scholarly and teaching interests revolve around social theory and ethnic and immigration studies. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Sociological Association s Theory and International Migration Sections and is currently serving as Editor of The Sociological Quarterly. Thomas Faist* is Professor of Transnational and Development Studies at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University. His research interests focus on international migration, immigrant integration, citizenship, social policy and development studies. He held visiting professorships at Malm  University and the University of Toronto. Currently, his work centers on environmental degradation and migration, and on the transnational social question. Thomas Faist serves on the editorial board of The Sociological Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Migration Letters, and South Asian Diaspora. He recently published 'Dual Citizenship in Europe: From Nationhood to Social Integration' (Ashgate 2007), 'Citizenship: Theory, Discourse and Transnational Prospects', with Peter Kivisto, Blackwell 2008), and 'The Europeanization of National Immigration Politics and Policies' (Palgrave Macmillan 2007)