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and#147;Empirically rich and admirably free of jargon, this work captures a new trend of states to strengthen ties with their expatriate communities abroad. A major contribution to the emergent literature on 'emigrant citizenship'.and#8221;and#151;Christian Joppke, The American University of Paris

and#147;David Fitzgerald's highly original work ingeniously combines intensive field work, statistical analysis, and historical comparison (based on the pioneer work of Paul Taylor in 1928-34) to examine how massive international migration over an extended period, such as has taken place between Mexico and the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present, drives a reconfiguration of the traditional relationship between government, territory, and people that is the foundation of the nation-state. Looking at the process from the Mexican perspective, Fitzgerald persuasively challenges those who argue that these changes undermine sovereignty and demonstrates instead that it is the continued strength of sovereignty that is driving the reconfiguration of the traditional three-partite relationship toward what he terms 'citizenship and#224; la carte.' This lucid work also casts new light on the vital links between Mexico and the United States, links that must be taken into consideration to fashion a viable U.S. immigration policy.and#8221;and#151;Aristide R. Zolberg, author of A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America

and#147;In A Nation of Emigrants, David Fitzgerald offers scholars and the public something they have sorely lacked: a full and complete picture of Mexican immigration to the United States. His groundbreaking telling of the Mexican side of the story challenges the myth of Mexico's desire to promote the emigration of its citizens. He expertly combines data from multiple sources to show Mexican officials have struggled historically to manage the practical and symbolic consequences of a massive demographic outflow over which they had little control. In doing so, he contributes critical new pieces to the historical puzzle of Mexico-U.S. migration and offers a welcome correction to what until now has been a highly one-sided account.and#8221;and#151;Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

"Likely to become a classic in the field of Mexican migration studies."and#151;Frank Bean, University of California, Irvine

Synopsis:

What do governments do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away? In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights over obligations. In this groundbreaking book, David Fitzgerald examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. He finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state but does lead to a new form of citizenship, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church.

About the Author

David Fitzgerald is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520257054
Author:
Fitzgerald, David
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Mexicans -- United States.
Subject:
Return migration -- Mexico.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w photographs, 5 line illustrations,
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 13 oz

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What do governments do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away? In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights over obligations. In this groundbreaking book, David Fitzgerald examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. He finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state but does lead to a new form of citizenship, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church.
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