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Immigration Nation: Raids, Detentions, and Deportations in Post-9/11 America Paperback – January, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1594518386 ISBN-10: 1594518386

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (January 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594518386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594518386
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautifully written and much-needed book illuminates the convergence of interests between politicians and corporations by criminalizing immigrants. Built on a fear of crime and of foreigners, our current draconian immigration policies generate massive profits through incarceration and law enforcement. Framing her argument in a human rights perspective, Tanya Golash-Boza outlines the violations and the steps needed to move toward an immigration policy with a human rights vision. --Mary Romero, author of The Maid's Daughter: Living In and Out of the American Dream

This urgent and original book offers an unflinching examination of the current U.S. deportation system, and its many deleterious consequences for immigrant communities and the nation at large. Tanya Golash-Boza adopts a human rights perspective to shed light on the 'immigration industrial complex,' describing in moving detail the impact on immigrant communities and families. The accessible writing makes this book an excellent choice for classroom adoption. --Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California and author of God's Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists are Working for Immigrant Rights

About the Author

Tanya Golash-Boza is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Kansas. She has published articles on blackness in Peru, Latino/a identity in the U.S., and the human rights impact of U.S. immigration policies. Her most recent work is a cross-national study of deportees in the Caribbean.

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Tanya Golash-Boza is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and immigration whose work explores racial and ethnic identities in the United States and Latin America as well as the racial disparities and human rights implications of U.S. immigration policy. As an Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Kansas, she teaches courses on race, immigration and globalization.

Professor Golash-Boza's scholarship spans the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work on Latino identities and the U.S. racial hierarchy has been published in International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Social Forces. Her scholarship on black identities in Peru has been published in Social Problems and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies as well as forms the basis for her book, Yo Soy Negro (February 2011, University Press of Florida). Her research on immigration policy and human rights has been published in several academic journals as well as in her book Immigration Nation? (Summer 2011, Paradigm Publishers).

Tanya Golash-Boza is the author of over a dozen articles and book chapters, two sole-authored books as well as dozens of essays in online and print magazines including The Nation, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice and Racism Review. Her innovative scholarship earned the Distinguished Early Career Award of the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Studies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010. She also won the Best Article Award from the Latino/a Studies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2008 and a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Center for Junior Scholars of Democracy in Latin America in 2006.

Tanya Golash-Boza's most recent work is on the consequences of mass deportation. With funding from a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Award, she completed over 150 interviews with deportees in Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic in 2009 and 2010. This research forms the basis of her book manuscript - Deported - and was published in the journal Societies without Borders in July 2010.

Tanya Golash-Boza graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, a Certificate of Anthropology from L'Ecole d'Anthropologie in Paris, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and three school-age children. She has lived in Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean, and speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Visit her website at: http://radprof.weebly.com/

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on February 21, 2012
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This book is a must read. It humanizes what has been a very contenious debate in this country. We love to have immagrants come to do our low paying, dirty jobs but then we demonize them when it is politically convenient. In story after story Dr Boza shows how the vast majority are just trying to make a better life for their families, a goal we all strive for. They pay taxes and receive few benefits for fear of deportation. They are labeled law breakers but are denied even the basic rights of real criminals. Please read this book before you make snap judgements about our undocumented citizens.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Golash on February 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book. It shows how immigrants who have contributed so much to the building of this country are being denied basic human rights. It also describes how private prison companies are lobbying state legislatures for the arrest of undocumented immigrants so that they can fill their prisons (called detention centers in the lingo of ICE) and increase their profits. The book makes a very persuasive case for why the United States immigration policies have to be changed.
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