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David Haines is Professor Emeritus at George Mason University. His academic work includes several edited volumes on immigrants and refugees in the United States, and numerous articles on migration, governance, and kinship. Recent books include: Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America;Wind over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context (co-edited with Keiko Yamanaka and Shinji Yamashita); and the 2nd edition of An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology. He has been teaching courses on immigrants and refugees for nearly two decades and is a recipient of his university’s teaching excellence award. He is also a former president of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) and current Co-President of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP).
Introduction: Humanity on the Move
Movement and Migration, Barriers and Borders
Organization of the Book
A Note on Tables
Part I The United States and Immigration
Chapter 1: A World of Migrants, a Nation of Immigrants
Chapter 2: The Reopening of the United States: Refugees and Immigrants
Chapter 3: Migration Politics and Policies
Part II Immigrants and the United States
Chapter 4: To Live: Moving Forward but Looking Back
Chapter 5: To Work: Great Opportunities but Heavy Costs
Chapter 6: To Believe: Hopes, Dreams, and Commitments
Chapter 7: To Belong: Assimilation, Adaptation, and Accommodation
Epilogue: Beyond Immigration
Timeline: US Immigration Contexts, Events, and Legislation
In an era when immigration in the United States is hotly debated, Haines has provided us with a provocative, theoretically informed, conceptually rigorous, and ethnographically rich overview of US immigration from past to present. His approach, which situates US immigration within a broader framework of human mobility, is multidimensional, cross-disciplinary, and comparative. The clarity of his writing makes this an excellent volume for classroom use as well as for the general reader who, in particular, may find the chapter focused on migration politics and policies especially illuminating
— Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University
Haines communicates an especially rich, humane and detailed understanding of international migration in a concise, compelling and elegantly written book. Drawing on years of scholarship, teaching and personal experience, he is able to integrate key points from a range of disciplines and perspectives, stressing both unique and common elements associated with what has become a key issue of our time.
— Steven J. Gold, professor of sociology, Michigan State University
Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives gives a great overview of much of past and present immigration to the U.S. Haines does this in a very accessible way and by providing diverse case comparisons of different immigrant and refugee groups.
— Bernadette Ludwig, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology, Wagner College
Places it within the broader contexts of human mobility and global migration.
Recognizes that migration is both a social process and an intensely individual one.
Reflects the multiple reasons for movement to America, from those fleeing loss and persecution to those seeking greater economic opportunity (and the many in between).
Recognizes the way that migration is about the full spectrum of human life: of work, of belonging, of beliefs and convictions, and of life itself.
Recognizes the complexity and unpredictability of immigrant life, the ebb and flow of both hope and despair, and the frequent loss that accompanies progress in a new life.
Demonstrates the many different kinds of material that can illuminate American immigration, from ethnographic research to migrant accounts, demographic and economic data, political texts and tracts, and the arts.
Finds common ground among the disciplines interested in migration (perhaps especially anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, history, religious studies, and political and policy studies).
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