Book Review: Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants
4 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010 Last revised: 13 Dec 2016
Date Written: 2010
Two predictable narratives dominate today's immigration debate. One version of the story involves “illegal aliens” who enter the country without permission, take American jobs, drain public resources, and refuse to acculturate. The other description involves “undocumented immigrants” who bravely venture through the desert in search of a better life and work hard once here. In Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, author David Bacon rejects the choice between “aliens” and “immigrants” in favor of a third trope: migrants-as-cogs.
Illegal People is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the human consequence of globalization.
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Keywords: immigration, migration, transnational, multinational, undocumented, alien, globalization, emigration, slavery, union, organization, minimum wage, labor
JEL Classification: F22, J61, O15
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