Today’s politically charged attention to immigration suggests that it is primarily a matter of protecting borders and controlling the entry of “aliens.” Other aspects of the concept are typically ignored, including the fact that the history of the human race is in some sense a history of movement—of ideas, resources, goods, and political and economic activities, as well as of populations. Indeed, it may be that migration and movement lie at the core of what it means to be human.

Taken together, [im]migration and movement underpin global debates about nationhood, citizenship, and belonging; values and social otherness; questions of social justice; individual, national, and cultural identities; and the ways in which people reinvent themselves, their cultures, and their worlds in new contexts

Ruth Behar (Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan)
Alexander Henn (Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, ASU)

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