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- DescriptionPlaced within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent and countervailing Lati rights movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, the Lati immigrant rights movement has t been able to effectively secure sustainable social justice victories for itself or more successfully defend the human rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Lati rights movement faces a dynamic form of political power that he terms anti-migrant hegemony . This anti-migrant hegemony, found in sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and the prison system, is a force through which a rhetorically race neutral and common sense public policy discourse, consistent with the rules of post-civil rights racism, is deployed to criminalize migrants. Critically, large sectors of pro-immigrant groups, including the Hispanic Congressional Caucus and the National Council of La Raza, have conceded to coercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Gonzales says that it is precisely when immigration reformers actively adopt the discourse and policies of the leading anti-immigrant forces that the power of anti-migrant hegemony can best be observed.
- Author BiographyAlfonso Gonzales is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
- Author(s)Alfonso Gonzales
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication05/12/2013
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
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- Weight324 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
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