This edited book uses migrant marginality to problematize several different aspects of global migration. It examines how many different societies have defined their national identities, cultural values and terms of political membership through (and in opposition to) constructions of migrants and migration. The book includes case studies from Western and Eastern Europe, North America and the Caribbean. It is organized into thematic sections that illustrate how different aspects of migrant marginality have unfolded across several national contexts. 

The first section of the book examines the limitations of multicultural policies that have been used to incorporate migrants into the host society. The second section examines anti-immigrant discourses and get-tough enforcement practices that are geared toward excluding and removing criminalized “aliens”. The third section examines some of the gendered dimensions of migrant marginality. The fourth section examines the way that racially marginalized populations have engaged the politics of immigration, constructing themselves as either migrants or natives.

The book offers researchers, policy makers and students an appreciation for the various policy concerns, ethical dilemmas and political and cultural antagonisms that must be engaged in order to properly understand the problem of migrant marginality.

chapter 1|24 pages


The Problem of Migrant Marginality

part I|57 pages

Testing the Limits of Multiculturalism

part II|47 pages

Manufacturing Exclusion

chapter 5|19 pages

Constructing Otherness

Media and Parliamentary Discourse on Immigration in Slovenia 1

chapter 6|10 pages

Designed to Punish

Immigrant Detention and Deportation in the US 1

chapter 7|16 pages

‘We Are Not Racists, but We Do Not Want Immigrants'

How Italy Uses Immigration Law to Marginalize Immigrants and Create a (New) National Identity

part III|71 pages

Gendered Peripheries

chapter 8|15 pages

Gendered Global Ethnography

Comparing Migration Patterns and Ukrainian Emigration 1

chapter 9|17 pages

Remittances in Provincial Georgia

The Case of Daba Tianeti 1

chapter 11|16 pages

Becoming Legible and ‘Legitimized'

Subjectivation and Governmentality among Asylum Seekers in Ireland

part IV|104 pages

Immigrant Identities and the Politics of Race and Nativity

chapter 13|17 pages

What Rises from the Ashes

Nation and Race in the African American Enclave of Samaná

chapter 14|19 pages

Redrawing the Lines

Understanding Race and Citizenship through the Lens of Afro-Mexican Migrants in Winston-Salem, NC 1

chapter 15|17 pages

Becoming Black?

Race and Racial Identity among Cape Verdean Youth

chapter 16|18 pages

Latino or Hispanic

The Dilemma of Ethno-Racial Classification for Brazilian Immigrants in the US

part V|33 pages

Where To, Beyond the Margin?

chapter 19|16 pages


Discourses and Immigrant Identities