Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration

Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration : Japan in Comparative Perspective

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Since the late 1980s, Japan has been experiencing significant levels of immigration primarily from Asian and Latin American countries due to severe domestic labor shortages. Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration, examines the various dimensions of local citizenship in Japan, with comparative studies from South Korea, Italy, and Spain.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111922
  • 9780739111925

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I liked the book for its innovative contrast of east Asian and south European countries. It is a valuable contribution to a growing literature that moves away from the 'nation-state' as unit of analysis. -- Christian Joppke, International University Bremen In this well organized and referenced collection, Tsuda and colleagues provide a great service by bringing immigration politics in Japan into focus alongside other international cases and debates. Homing in on the localities and urban contexts where struggles over citizenship rights have most meaning, the authors document the work of Japanese NGOs and legal activists - and its limits - and draw illuminating parallels between Japan, South Korea, Italy and Spain. -- Adrian Favell, Centre d'etudes europeennes de Sciences Po The contributors should be praised for providing rich empirical accounts based on extensive field research. They offer valuable insights into the activities of and the interactions between major actors, including government officials and NGOs...Researchers of immigration and citizenship and of Japanese society should find this book highly informative. -- Chikako Kashiwazaki Pacific Affairs, Summer 2007 The volume brings together prominent U.S.-based scholars who are actively working on Japan's immigration. It contributes to contemporary theories of immigration by de-linking citizenship from nation-states and introducing an innovative way to understand and theorize membership rules and entitlements through the activism of local actors...the argument in this book is exciting and innovative. -- 09/1/08 Journal of Japanese Studies Japan, South Korea, Spain and Italy, all relatively closed, low-birthrate, aging societies, are finding that they need to allow more foreigners in their midst. This innovative book is the first to compare how migrants fare in these two southern European and two East Asian countries. Not only NGOs, but also local governments are often far more accommodating to incorporating migrants into the body politic than are their national counterparts. -- Glenda Roberts, Waseda University
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About Takeyuki Tsuda

Takeyuki Tsuda is Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California at San Diego.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Localities and the Struggle for Immigrant Rights: The Significance of Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration Chapter 3 Japan's Demographic Future and the Challenge of Foreign Workers Part 4 Making Immigrants into Local Citizens: Social Integration Programs in Japanese Cities Chapter 5 Cities and Local Citizenship in Japan: Overcoming Nationality? Chapter 6 Immigrant Incorporation and Women's Community Activities in Japan: Local NGOs and Public Education for Immigrant Children Part 7 Activism for Immigrants in Japan: Local, National, and International Contexts Chapter 8 Policy Advocacy for Foreign Residents in Japan Chapter 9 Looking Outward: International Legal Norms and Foreigner Rights in Japan Part 10 Comparative Perspectives: Immigrant Rights and Integration Policies in Italy, Spain, and South Korea Chapter 11 Does Hospitality Translate into Integration? Subnational Variations of Italian Responses Chapter 12 Nongovernmental versus Governmental Actors? Multilevel Governance and Immigrant Integration Policy in Spain Chapter 13 NGOs, Transnational Migrants, and the Promotion of Rights in South Korea Part 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 The Limits of Local Citizenship and Activism in Japan and Other Recent Countries of Immigration
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