Synopses & Reviews
In an increasingly globalized world, the movement of peoples across national borders is posing unprecedented challenges, for the people involved as well as for the places to which they travel and their countries of origin. Citizenship is now a topic in focus around the world but much of that discussion takes place without sufficient attention to the women, men, and children, in and out of families, whose statuses and treatments depend upon how countries view their arrival. As essays in this volume detail, both the practices and theories of citizenship need to be reappraised in light of the array of persons and of twentieth-century commitments to their dignity and equality.
Migrations and Mobilities uniquely situates gender in the context of ongoing, urgent conversations about globalization, citizenship, and the meaning of borders. Following an introductory essay by editors Seyla Benhabib and Judith Resnik that addresses the parameters and implications of gendered migration, the interdisciplinary contributors consider a wide range of issues, from workers' rights to children's rights, from theories of the nation-state and federalism to obligations under transnational human rights conventions. Together, the essays in this path-breaking collection force us to consider the pivotal role that gender should play in reconceiving the nature of citizenship in the contemporary, transnational world.
Contributors: Selya Benhabib, Jacqueline Bhabha, Linda Bosniak, Catherine Dauvergne, Talia Inlender, Vicki C. Jackson, David Jacobson, Linda K. Kerber, Audrey Macklin, Angela Means, Valentine M. Moghadam, Patrizia Nanz, Aihwa Ong, Cynthia Patterson, Judith Resnik, and Sarah K. van Walsum.
“A valuable study of economic privilege and spatial exclusion in the shadow of the Twin Towers and the heart of Americas biggest city.” -Sharon Zukin,author of Naked City
“Smithsimon explores a basic truth: just as there is no community without politics, there is no democratic politics without a multiplicity of spaces in which people can engage each other in debate. This is an outstanding ethnography of the micro-politics of daily life.” -Robert Beauregard,author of When America Became Suburban
"Scientifically exacting and warmly personal, Smithsimon elucidates the residents struggles from survival to recovery, the coalescence of community groups, and the debates over redevelopment and the Ground Zero memorial. A well-illustrated, critical, yet sympathetic study of privilege and catastrophe that ultimately celebrates the vitality and diversity of a great city."-Booklist,
"A very successful academic micro-study of one community's response to our nation's greatest shock."-Library Journal,
"Benhabib and Resnik have succeeded admirably in their aspiration 'to reorient the lively debate concerning globalization, borders, migration and citizenship . . . .' With the appearance of this volume, the debate will never be the same. It is an essential resource for serious students of the subject."
-Peter H. Schuck,Simeon E. Baldwin Professor, Yale Law School
"The rare and much needed interdisciplinarity evident in this book makes it a key contribution to the subject. Each chapter engages a critical dimension of the larger puzzle. And the editors' introduction brilliantly lays out an expanded analytic terrain for the old and new questions addressed by the authors."
-—Saskia Sassen,author of Territory, Authority, Rights
"Crossing disciplinary boundaries and navigating the comparative and transnational frontiers of migration, this extraordinary volume displaces the traditional male-centered perception of immigration without falling into an essentializing and unitary vision of the world's diverse female migrants. Topical, timely, and well organized, the editors are to be congratulated for having assembled a collection that will undoubtedly stimulate a lasting debate in the field."
-Ayelet Shachar,author of The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality
“The broad themes brought forth by the contributors . . . offer a rich introduction to the important problems that will occupy scholars of immigration law and policy for many years to come.”
-The Law and Politics Book Review,
“Arguging that discrimination and subordination based on gender affect the relevant categorization including opportunities, rights and burdens, one of the many merits of this rich volume is that it prohibits any essentialism about both female migrants and feminist analysis by representing opposing views that allow for a productive dialogue instead of unitary world visions.”
-The International Journal of Refugee Law,
"What hes really after in September 12, his account of the history of Battery Park City, is a broad analysis of residents political actions to defend their most unusual home...Much of Smithsimons account focuses on that gulf, both geographic and psychological, and the political mobilization of Battery Park Citys resident professionals to keep their neighborhood isolated from those who might wander in across forbidding West Street." -Alyssa Katz,The Nation
The collapse of the World Trade Center shattered windows across the street in Battery Park City, throwing the neighborhood into darkness and smothering homes in debris. Residents fled. In the months and years after they returned, they worked to restore their community. Until September 11, Battery Park City had been a secluded, wealthy enclave just west Wall Street, one with all the opulence of the surrounding corporate headquarters yet with a gated, suburban feel. After the towers fell it became the most visible neighborhood in New York. Suddenly everyone had an opinion about what should be rebuilt there. The dramatic changes in their surroundings forced Battery Park City residents to step into the spotlight and fight to control their exclusive enclave.
About the Author
is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Yale University and was director of the Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from 2002-2008. Her award-winning work on citizenship, cosmopolitanism and democracy has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.
Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. In light of her work on federalism, sovereigntism, adjudication, and feminism, in 2008, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation named her the Outstanding Scholar of the Year.