The United States in the World Community:

Douglas S. Massey

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI:
The United States in the World Community:

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This chapter counters the parochialism of so much of the American discussion by placing migration decisions in their larger global context. It emphasizes that the globalization of capital and labor markets poses strong challenges to the nation-state and to the very idea of national sovereignty itself. It requires political leaders and citizens to move beyond nineteenth-century conceptions of territory and citizenship and expand them to embrace the transnational spaces that are being formed as a result of massive immigration. It opines that these changes are especially daunting because they must occur at a time of rising income inequality and growing fiscal pressure on the state.

Keywords: parochialism; migration; globalization; capital; labor market; national sovereignty

Chapter.  4477 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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