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Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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The book should be read widely, and especially by scholars of race/ethnicity, Latin America, international politics, world polity, immigration, and political sociology...The book is a role model for how to do historical and political sociology. - American Journal of Sociology
- American Sociological Association, Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, 2017
- Midwest Sociological Society, Distinguished Book Award, 2017
- American Political Science Association, Migration and Citizenship Section Best Book Award, 2015
- American Sociological Association, Political SociologySection Best Book Award, 2015
- American Sociological Association, International Migration Section Thomas& Znaniecki Best Book Award, 2015
- Honorable Mention, Immigration and EthnicHistory Society, Theodore Saloutos Book Prize, 2015
The scope and breadth of the data collection effort is truly astounding. This alone represents a phenomenal achievement and an enormous contribution to scholarship on immigration policy. - Ethnic and Racial Studies
Culling the Masses is a book of impressive analytical and empirical scope. It consists of truly comparative cross-national research and analysis, examining immigration politics and policy in no fewer than six countries in the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. It asks important questions about the troubling relationship between racism and democracy. Specifically, it addresses two significant puzzles: why did immigration policy come under the spell of eugenics in the first decades of the twentieth century―and how did an anti-racist turn emerge in later decades, first in the weaker and more authoritarian nations of the Americas before finding its way to the stronger and more liberal-democratic regimes, Canada and the United States? A must read for anyone interested in race, immigration, and democratization. (Daniel J. Tichenor, University of Oregon)
The first book to offer a truly hemispheric and historical perspective on immigration policy. It also offers a high level of analytical integration. It is impressively and delightfully erudite, written with elegance, and argued with both subtlety and vigor. (José C. Moya, Barnard College of Columbia University)
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Table of Contents:
2. The Organizational Landscape: From Eugenics to Anti-Racism
3. The United States: Paragon of Liberal Democracy and Racism
4. Canada: Between Neighbor and Empire
5. Cuba: Whitening an Island
6. Mexico: Selecting Those Who Never Came
7. Brazil: Selling the Myth of Racial Democracy
8. Argentina: Crucible of European Nations?
Appendix: Ethnic Selection in Sixteen Countries [Angela S. García]
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The often openly racist policies of exclusion and inclusion of certain immigrants are meticulously researched by the authors, as are the underlying assumptions and value judgments about certain groups, such as Asians, Roma, and others. Their analysis spans more than 200 years, revealing authentic documents from policy-making processes in a large number of countries that are the result of in-depth archival work by the authors.
Ultimately, the insights into processes of norm diffusion and the exploration on the impact of democratic and non-democratic political regimes make this book a must-read for scholars, students, and the interested public who want to learn more about how states learn to select immigrants and what are the limitations of the involved policy choices.