Identity, Belonging and Migration

BookIdentity, Belonging and Migration

Identity, Belonging and Migration

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 17


March 1st, 2011



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This volume addresses the question of migration in Europe. It is concerned with the extent to which racism and anti-immigration discourse has been to some extent normalised and ‘democratised’ in European and national political discourses. Mainstream political parties are espousing increasingly coercive policies and frequently attempting to legitimate such approaches via nationalist-populist slogans and coded forms of racism. Identity, Belonging and Migration shows that that liberalism is not enough to oppose the disparate and diffuse xenophobia and racism faced by many migrants today and calls for new conceptions of anti-racism within and beyond the state. The book is divided into three parts and organised around a theoretical framework for understanding migration, belonging, and exclusion, which is subsequently developed through discussions of state and structural discrimination as well as a series of thematic case studies. In drawing on a range of rich and original data, this timely volume makes an important contribution to discussions on migration in Europe.

Dealing with something as contentious and problematic as identities in Europe today makes this book a valuable and timely contribution to the literature.

The Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Volume 17, Issue 3

The book aims at scholars of social and cultural studies but its contribution to the European and national debates on migration and belonging makes it interesting background reading for those working in related fields, including socio-legal studies and legal practitioners.

Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, Vol 26, No 1

About The Author

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex. Ruth Wodak is Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University. Paul R. Jones is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool.