Review by Choice Review
The securitization of immigration is hardly a novel topic, but it has never been covered this expansively. From a comprehensive perspective, Chebel D'Appollonia (Rutgers Univ., Newark) examines this securitization and traces its roots to already existing distrust toward foreigners and the "other," which had pushed policy in this direction even before 9/11. The analysis is extended to consider various aspects of policy failure--continuously porous borders, heightened perceptions of insecurity, and radicalization among those of immigrant origin--and the politics explaining why such failures have not yielded to other policy options. The analysis covering both sides of the Atlantic is not conceptually complex, but the explanations are quite multifaceted, making for a frequently overwhelming discussion. The author's synthetic style, which backs up every point made with reference to a multitude of statistical sources and academic research, sometimes hinders the overview readers would expect from a parallel consideration of two polities, but since the book is brimming with supporting evidence it can ideally serve as an initial reference source on the subject, and it is written in a fashion that will certainly connect with all readers. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. A. A. Caviedes SUNY Fredonia
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