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The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World
Furman, Rich, Greg Lamphear, and Douglas Epps (Eds)
Columbia University Press / Softcover / 2016-03-01 / 0231171811
Transcultural / Multicultural Issues
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The immigrants profiled in The Immigrant Other shed light on a system designed to dehumanize and disenfranchise them, and they describe the difficulty of finding shelter in an increasingly globalized and unsympathetic world. They include Muslims facing discrimination from both the "War on Terror" and the "War on Immigration," Latino day laborers, Filipino immigrants supporting themselves and their families back home, and Brazilian parents terrified of being separated from their naturalized children. Immigrants living in Spain, Australia, Greece, and Qatar are also represented, showcasing the similarities and differences in the treatment of immigrants worldwide. Each chapter in this anthology pairs a description of specific state, national, and transnational immigration laws and regulations with the testimony of individuals struggling to find legitimacy and sanctuary among them.


"The Immigrant Other paints a moving picture of the lived experience of immigrants in the contemporary age. Through memorable narratives of individual struggle and collective resistance, the book provides valuable insight into the pain and struggles but also the heroism of immigrants in the face of nation states that criminalize their lives." — Robin Jacobson, author of The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate Over Immigration

"Structural violence, write the editors of this volume, is endemic within various systems that interact with immigrants. This richly textured collection examines the policies and practices that effect and uphold that problematization and marginalization as a condition of being for the 'alien.' Compelling narratives situated at multiple points of contact across the globe give voice to the often unheard: those subjected to that violence and those who endeavor to challenge that violence as a given." — Yoosun Park, Smith College School for Social Work


1. Introduction: Multiple Truths and Privileged Collaborations in a Transnational World, by Rich Furman, Greg Lamphear, Doug Epps, and Iman Ujaama
2. National Insecurities: The Apprehension of Criminal and Fugitive Aliens, by Tanya Golash-Boza
3. Unexpected Asylums, Tenuous Futures: Held in Abeyance at a State Psychiatric Institute, by Nora J. Kenworthy
4. Criminalization of Transgender Immigrants: The Case of Scarlett, by Nadine Nakamura and Alejandro Morales
5. Criminalization of Muslim American Men in the United States, by Saher Selod
6. Immigrants Organize Against Everyday Life Victimization, by Kathleen Staudt and Josiah Heyman
7. Undocumented Latino Migrant Day Laborers in the San Francisco Bay Area: Psychosocial, Economic, and Political Consequences, by Kurt C. Organista, Lobsang Marcia, Carlos Martinez, Miguel Acalá, and Jose Ramirez
8. "It's Like You Are a Criminal": Asylum Seekers and Immigrant Detention, by Connie Oxford
9. Hybrid Governance and the Criminalization of Somali Refugees Seeking Social Services in a Midwestern Town, by Cynthia Howson and Ashley Damp
10. Filipina Lives: Transnationalism, Migrant Labor, and Experiences of Criminalization in the United States, by Valerie Francisco, Geleen Abenoja, and Angelica Lim
11. The Criminalization of Brazilian Immigrants, by Kara Cebulko and Heloísa Maria Galvão
12. Living with Drug Lords and Mules in New York: Contrasting Colombian Criminality and Transnational Belonging, by Ariana Ochoa Camacho
13. Mexico's Transmigrants: Between Los Zetas and the Iron Fist of the State, by Sonja Wolf
14. Stigmatized, Segregated, Essential: The Position of Immigrant Live-In Care Workers Vis-à-Vis Formal Social Work Provision in Italy, by Paolo Boccagni
15. Immigrants' Experiences with Law Enforcement Authorities in Spain Maria Aysa-Lastra
16. Creating Criminals: Australia's Response to Asylum Seekers and Refugees, by Linda Briskman and Lucy Fiske
17. Longing to Belong: Undocumented Youth, Institutional Invisibility, and Ambivalent Belonging in Canada, by Francesca Meloni
18. Migrants and Justice in Qatar: Time, Mobility, Language, and Ethnography, by Andrew Gardner, Silvia Pessoa, and Laura Harkness
19. Resistance to the Criminalization of Migration: Migrant Protest in Greece, by Georgios Karyotis and Dimitris Skleparis

About the Editors:

Rich Furman is professor of social work at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His books include Sex Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives; Transnational Social Work Practice; and Social Work Practice with Men at Risk.

Greg Lamphear is a writer and editor based in Asia. He is the coauthor of Writing and Publishing in English: A Guide for Second Language and International Scholars.

Douglas Epps, a former detention officer in the private immigration-detention industry, received his MSW from the University of Washington, Tacoma. His research, publications, and activism center on aspects of the criminalization of immigration in the United States and abroad.

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