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Book of the Month - October 2015

Our October Book of the Month is Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe, edited by Annemarie Profanter and Francis Owtram. This book is particularly timely and relevant given the current refugee crisis in Europe, which, according to the UN Refugee Agency, has seen half a million people cross the Mediterranean since the start of 2015.

The revolutions and protests arising from the Arab Spring, combined with the establishment of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, challenged dominant ideas about what people in the Middle East expect from their governments. At the same time, a new wave of migration has been created, once again showing how the local, regional and global are connected in the identity of citizens and concepts of citizenship.

This turmoil and its human cost—tragically captured in the image of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi—have called into question prevailing modes of thinking about the Middle East, as well as the policy of EU governments towards refugees and immigration. These seismic events have compounded underlying changes in the internal composition of contemporary liberal democracies, which, together with the challenges imposed by globalization on the state, are demanding a rethink of theories of citizenship, particularly in a transnational sense.

By bringing together new perspectives on these critical issues, this timely and thought-provoking book deconstructs the processes that are shaping and reshaping debates on migration and integration in Europe, and illuminates emerging patterns in key areas such as citizenship and cultural identity, education, and second generation networks.

Introduction: Celebrating Difference: In Search of Paradigms Addressing Barriers to Transnational Migration. Chapter One: The Impact of the Arab Spring on Issues of MENA: Europe Migration in the Context of Globalization. Chapter Two: Modernity and Islamic Immigration: Examining the Historical Roots of Identity and Difference. Chapter Three: The Burgeoning of Transnationalism: Narrowing the Transitional Gap from Emigrant to Citizen. Chapter Four: Citizenship and Education: Economic Competitiveness, Social Cohesion and Human Rights. Chapter Five: Acquiring and Losing Turkish Citizenship Under the New Turkish Citizenship Act. Chapter Six: Xenophobia, Alienation, Heterotopias and Cultural Limits: Fictional Boundaries of the Athens Pakistani and Afghani Communities. Chapter Seven: Arab Diasporas in the UK: Yemeni Citizenship still in Transition? Chapter Eight: Muslim Society Trondheim: The Dialectics of Islamic Doctrine, Integration Policy and Institutional Practices. Chapter Nine: Yalla, Lombards! Second Generations in Lombardy: Looking for a Model.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2015.

Please see below for the praise that this book has been receiving:

“As Europe is struggling with an unprecedented wave of refugees especially from the Middle East, this edited volume on the migration from the latter to the former region is a timely book. Most of the articles focus on factors which may foster or hinder the successful integration of migrants, whether through traditional or transnational citizenship. Principally, this points to deficiencies within Europe which could be rectified. However, somewhat more sobering perspectives are provided by the first two contributors, and, by pointing out the hypocritical and contradictory features of Europe’s liberal hegemonic ideology, the article of Greaves might make one conclude that integration through citizenship is not easy as one would like to think. Naturally, reading this collected volume opens up questions rather than providing answers. However, the articles contained therein provide a multitude of useful insights that may contribute to finding these answers. As current events show, the issue of Muslim migration into Europe will remain with us for the foreseeable future. At a time when Europe’s policies towards migration appear to be rather helpless, hectic and uncoordinated, this well-researched and balanced book helps to clarify some of the issues at stake and thus deserves a wide readership.”

—Dr Christian Lekon, Department of International Relations, European University of Lefke

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