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Kitty Calavita is Chancellor's Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She has published widely on immigration both in its social and human consequences and in policy and law. Her most recent book is Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC (August 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098275048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982750483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
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Thanks to author Calavita, American society may remember the forgotten braceros, the close to 5 million Mexicans who came to this country between 1942 and 1964 to feed us all during and after WWII. The contribution made by the braceros should be recognized as we embark in the new millennium. Get the book and bring justice for the braceros.
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This is a welcome republication of an excellent law and society classic. Based on creative and careful analysis of original archival and interview data, Calavita's study explores an important and often misunderstood period of immigration policy in the U.S., including its poltical and cultural underpinings. One of the best studies of the growing U.S. administrative state "in action". This is a book that should be widely assigned in law schools and in college classes on administrative law, immigration politics, and "law and society" studies generally.
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Using a "dialectal-structural” model of the state, Calavita wove a tale of the contradictions between immigration law and the force of capitalism. In addition to the structures that carried out the program (Congress, the Departments of State, Justice, Labor and Agriculture, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service), she looked at the impact of the individual actors in those agencies and the interest groups they served. The ups and downs of administrative discretion, Congressional oversight and conflicting roles of agencies is not unlike many of the issues that exist today, with illegal immigrants replacing the braceros. Those interested in immigration and policymaking would benefit from reviewing this rich analysis. Although clearly valuable for scholars, the author’s coverage of behind-the-scenes politics and the struggles of the bracero program bring this historical account to life for any reader.
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