Impossible Subjects

Impossible Subjects

Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

by Mae M. Ngai

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 27/04/2014

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This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U.S. immigration policy--a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s--its statutory architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol.
ISBN:
9780691160825
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
27-04-2014
Language:
English
Series:
Politics and Society in Modern America
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
235x152x30mm
Weight:
0.57kg
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