Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration

Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration

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Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration examines the complicated social ethics of migration in today's world. Editors Elizabeth W. Collier and Charles R. Strain bring the perspectives of an international group of scholars toward a theory of justice and ethical understanding for the nearly two hundred million migrants who have left their homes seeking asylum from political persecution, greater freedom and safety, economic opportunity, or reunion with family members.

Migrants move out of fear, desperation, hope, love for their families, or a myriad of other complex motivations. Faced with both the needs and flows of people and the walls that impede them, what actions ought we, both individually and collectively, take? What is the moral responsibility of those of us, in particular, who reside comfortably in our native lands?

There is no univocal response to these questions. Instead multiple perspectives on migration must be examined. This book begins by looking at different geographic regions around the world and highlighting particular issues within each. Finding that religious traditions represent the strongest countervailing sources of values to the homogenizing tendencies of economic globalization, the study then offers a plurality of religious perspectives The final chapters examine the salient issues and the proposed solutions that have emerged specifically within the U.S. context. These studies range from militarization of the U.S. border with Mexico to the impact of migrants on native-born low-skilled workers.

Encompassing a wide range of cultural and scholarly voices, Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration provides insight for ethics, moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, religious studies, social justice, globalization, and identity formation.
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  • Hardback | 382 pages
  • 164 x 237 x 30mm | 662g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739187147
  • 9780739187142

Table of contents

Part 1: Migration and Globalization

1: Double Threat? Unauthorized Migration as a Global Phenomenon - Marie T. Friedmann Marquardt

2: The Moral Economy of Labor Mobility: Migration and the Global Workforce - Gemma Tulud Cruz

3: Root Causes of Forced Migration in Africa - Ogenga Otunnu

4: Migration in a Post-Colonial World - Marianne Heimbach-Steins

5: International Law and Forced Migration: The UN and NGOs' Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and Protect Refugees and Labor Immigrant Rights - Marco Tavanti

Part 2: religious and Ethical Perspectives on Justice for Migrants

6: Loving the Stranger and the Moral Myopia at Agriprocessors - Moses Pava

7: And They Fled into Egypt: Migration in Light of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching - Elizabeth Collier

8: Islam and Immigration - Azam Nizamuddin

9: The Migrant, My Mother: Buddhist Ethical Perspectives on Migration - Charles R. Strain
10: Ethical Reflections on Childhood Migration - Frida Kerner Furman

Part 3: Migration: Ethical Issues in the U.S. Context

11: Arguing About Immigration: The Claims of Restrictionists and Non-Restrictionists
- Elizabeth Collier

12: From the Sanctuary Movement to No More Deaths: The Challenge to Communities of Faith - Reverend John Fife

13: No More Deaths: Border Enforcement and Moral Devolution - Charles R. Strain

14: On the Just Treatment of Immigrant Workers - Kim Bobo

15: Immigrants and Refugees Held in Detention - Sioban Albiol

16: Immigration Reform: What Can Religious Voices Require of the State? - Reverend Craig Mousin
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This volume focuses on contemporary issues surrounding global migration, both in the wider world and, more specifically, in the US. Editors Collier and Strain have assembled 16 essays on the subject from contributors, most of whom are academics; others are practitioners and activists in the field. The contributions include views from representatives of major world religions (Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism), but the dominant viewpoint is that of liberal Roman Catholic social teachings. The volume is organized into three sections. The first focuses on questions concerning contemporary migration of peoples around the world and ways the forces of globalization have affected this. The second examines various religious and ethical perspectives on the treatment of migrants and on calls for justice for them. The third section concentrates on ethical and political analysis of current immigration policies in the US. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. * CHOICE * There are many books now available on the ethics and politics of migration, but this one stands out. It includes not only Christian perspectives, but also views from the world's other great religious traditions. It also places the U.S. discussion on migration in the larger global context of migration, showing the topic as one of the most remarkable features of our time. Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration is an indispensable addition to the literature on migration today. -- Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS, Vatican Council II Professor of Theology, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago
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About Elizabeth W. Collier

Elizabeth W. Collier is associate professor of business ethics in the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University where she also co-directs the Center for Global Peace through Commerce.

Charles R. Strain is professor of religious studies at DePaul University.
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