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Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration

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A significant contribution to a deeper, interdisciplinary analysis of migration flows and policies. -- Millenium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 31:3

A welcome contribution to the debate on immigration policy -- Latin American Research Review

An unmatched overview of the realities of Mexican migration to the United States. -- Development Policy Review, May 2003

Deserves serious attention ... An important contribution to the field of U.S.-Mexico relations. -- Urban Studies, Vol. 40:3

This book raises important questions and forces serious thought. -- Industrial & Labor Relations Review, January 2003

About the Author

Douglas S. Massey is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Jorge Durand is professor and investigator in the Department for the Study of Social Movements at the Universidad de Guadalajara. Nolan J. Malone is a doctoral candidate in demography at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation Publications (September 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087154590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871545909
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Formerly he was the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of American Apartheid (Harvard University Press, 1993), which won the Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association, and more recently he co-authored The Source of the River, the first analysis of minority achievement in selective colleges and universities based on a representative, national sample.

Massey has also published extensively on Mexican immigration, including the books Return to Aztlan (University of California Press, 1987) and Miracles on the Border (University of Arizona Press, 1995). The latter book, co-authored with Jorge Durand, won a 1996 Southwest Book Award. His latest two books on immigration, coauthored with long-time collaborator Jorge Durand, are Crossing the Border (Russell Sage Press, 2004) and Beyond Smoke and Mirrors (Russell Sage Press 2002). The latter offers a critical analysis of U.S. immigration policy toward Mexico during a period of widespread economic integration under NAFTA and won the 2004 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for the best book in social demography,.

Massey has also served on the faculty of the University of Chicago where he directed its Latin American Studies Center and Population Research Center. He is also formerly a director of the University of Pennsylvania's Population Studies Center and chair of its Graduate Group in Demography. During 1979 and 1980 he undertook postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1978. Massey is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is Past-President of the Population Association of America and the American Sociological Association and current President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

His most recent book is Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in America's Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton University Press 2009). He is currently revising a book entitled Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times (co-authored with Magaly Sanchez).

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on June 26, 2006
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Most popular discussions of contemporary U.S. immigration ignore history and the "facts on the ground." Massey lays out the history of Mexico-U.S. migration. He provides convincing evidence that stepped-up border enforcement efforts since the early 1990s have been both deadly and counterproductive. He argues forcefully for an immigration policy that takes the realities of U.S.-Mexican social and economic integration into account. Readers who are convinced that immigration is a bad thing in itself will not be persuaded by Massey to change their minds; those who are interested in a dispassionate discussion of border control issues will find this book provocative and useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cristina on December 29, 2010
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Comprehensive and clearly written. It helped me conceptualize immigration issues in a holistic manner, providing me a base of theory to better understand the multiple facets of immigration trends and policy. It has allowed me to better understand subsequent immigration studies as I've used this work as a point of reference. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It's a writing that riled up my passions with facts and research, not bigotry. It has a bias towards greater immigration rights, but this bias is strongly supported with research and fact, not rhetoric. The language is objective, but the overall arguement suggests advocacy for immigrants. This has been my favorite read on immigration!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Applied Sociologist on May 31, 2009
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Massey et al. explain how immigration policy - often based on prejudice and scapegoating - has led to consequences that are bad for US citizens, Mexico, and immigrants (legal or otherwise). I also think everyone ought to read this book, especially people in the Obama administration. Anti-immigration folks might think that limiting benefits, for example, would deter immigration but in fact it has had the opposite effect. They have many such examples, and unlike many whining sociologists*, propose solid policy at the end of the book. I found it extremely readable, and would be so for undergraduates as well.
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By Janelle on December 25, 2014
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I had to read this book for a class and it was very enlightening. Easy to read. I never read books assigned in class, but this one was an exception.
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By Egmont on November 16, 2014
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To understand the US Mexico border, one needs a long view and a deep view. Massey offers both.
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This is apparently out of print, so I was happy to find a copy
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