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The Ethics of Immigration (Oxford Political Theory)

The Ethics of Immigration (Oxford Political Theory)

"If immigration is one of the great issues of our time, philosopher Joseph Carens has been preparing for this moment his entire career. Widely recognized as the leading authority on the political and moral questions surrounding immigration, Carens' work stands apart for its plain language and clear arguments, not to mention his provocative conclusions. Accessible to all readers, Carens' thoughtful examination of who should or shouldn't be recognized as part of the political community, and why, may change the way you think not just about immigration and citizenship, but about the meaning of democracy itself."

Sean S.

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Author Joseph Carens
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Date 2015-05-01
Section Politics / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Sean S.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780190246792

In The Ethics of Immigration, Joseph Carens synthesizes a lifetime of work to explore and illuminate one of the most pressing issues of our time. Immigration poses practical problems for western democracies and also challenges the ways in which people in democracies think about citizenship and belonging, about rights and responsibilities, and about freedom and equality. Carens begins by focusing on current immigration controversies in North America and Europe about access to citizenship, the integration of immigrants, temporary workers, irregular migrants and the admission of family members and refugees. Working within the moral framework provided by liberal democratic values, he argues that some of the practices of democratic states in these areas are morally defensible, while others need to be reformed. In the last part of the book he moves beyond the currently feasible to ask questions about immigration from a more fundamental perspective. He argues that democratic values of freedom and equality ultimately entail a commitment to open borders. Only in a world of open borders, he contends, will we live up to our most basic principles. Many will not agree with some of Carens' claims, especially his controversial conclusion, but none will be able to dismiss his views lightly. Powerfully argued by one of the world's leading political philosophers on the issue, The Ethics of Immigration is a landmark work on one of the most important global social trends of our era.

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