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A is for Asylum Seeker: Words for People on the Move / A de Asilo: Palabras Para Personas En Movimiento

A is for Asylum Seeker: Words for People on the Move / A de Asilo: Palabras Para Personas En Movimiento

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A clear and concise A-to-Z of keywords that echo our current human rights crisis

As millions are forced to leave their nations of origin as a result of political, economic, and environmental peril, rising racism and xenophobia have led to increasingly harsh policies. A mass-mediated political circus obscures both histories of migration and longstanding definitions of words for people on the move, fomenting widespread linguistic confusion. Under this circus tent, there is no regard for history, legal advocacy, or jurisprudence. Yet in a world where the differences between "undocumented migrant" and "asylum seeker" can mean life or death, words have weighty consequences.

A timely antidote to this circus, A is for Asylum Seeker reframes key words that describe people on the move. Written to correct the de-meaning of terms by rhetoric and policies based on dehumanization and profitable incarceration, this glossary provides an intersectional and historically grounded consideration of the words deployed in enflamed debate. Skipping some letters of the alphabet while repeating others, thirty terms cover everything from Asylum-seeker to Zero Tolerance Policy. Each entry begins with a contemporary or historical story for illustration and then proceeds to discuss the language politics of the word. The book balances terms affected by current political debates--such as "migrant," "refugee," and "illegal alien"--and terms that offer historical context to these controversies, such as "fugitive," "unhoused," and "vagrant."

Rendered in both English and Spanish, this book offers a unique perspective on the journeys, histories, challenges, and aspirations of people on the move. Enhancing the book's utility as an educational and organizing resource, the author provides a list of works for further reading as well as a directory of immigration-advocacy organizations throughout the United States.

Un claro y breve abecedario de palabras clave que hacen eco en nuestra crisis humanitaria presente.

Mientras millones son forzados de huir de sus naciones de origen debido a peligro pol tico, econ mico, y ecol gico, racismo y xenofobia han llevado a pol ticas m s y m s severas. Un circo pol tico en los medios oculta a ambas las historias de inmigraci n y las definiciones antiguas de palabras para personas en movimiento, creando confusi n ling stica amplia. Bajo esta carpa de circo, no hay consideraci n para historia, defensa legal, o jurisprudencia. Pero en un mundo donde las diferencias entre "migrante indocumentade" y "solicitante de asilo" pueden ser la diferencia entre vida y muerte, palabras tienen consecuencias graves.

Un ant doto oportuno a este circo, A de Asilo re-enmarca palabras claves que describen a personas en movimiento. Escrito para corregir la de-significaci n de t rminos por ret rica y pol ticas basadas en deshumanizaci n y encarcelaci n lucrosa, este glosario provee una consideraci n interseccional e hist rica de las palabras usadas en debate inflamado. Brincando a unas letras del alfabeto mientras repite a otras, treinta t rminos cubren todo desde Asilo a Tolerancia Cero. Cada art culo empieza con una historia contempor nea u hist rica para ilustrar, y despu s discute la pol tica alrededor de la palabra. El libro balancea t rminos impactados por debates pol ticos contempor neos--como "migrante," "refugiado" y "extranjero ilegal"--y t rminos que ofrecen contexto hist rico a estas controversias, como "fugitivo" "sin casa" y "vagante."

Escrito en ingl s y espa ol, este libro ofrece una perspectiva nica en las jornadas, historias, retos, y aspiraciones de personas en movimiento. Aumentando la utilidad del libro como un recurso educacional y organizacional, la autora provee una lista de obras para m s lectura, igual que un directorio de organizaciones de defensa de inmigrantes a trav s de los Estados Unidos.

Author: Rachel Ida Buff
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Published: 08/04/2020
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780823289158
Language: Spanish

About the Author

Rachel Ida Buff (Author)
Rachel Ida Buff teaches history and comparative ethnic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Author of Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century, she has also written for The Nation, The Washington Post, Truthout, and Jewish Currents.


Rachel Ida Buff ensena historia y estudios étnicos comparativos en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Autora de Contra el Terror de Deportación: Organizando para Derechos de Inmigrantes en el Sigo XX, también ha escrito para The Nation, The Washington Post, Truthout y Jewish Currents.

Alejandra Oliva (Translator)
Alejandra Oliva is Communications Coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. She is a freelance writer and editor and has served as a volunteer translator for the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City.


Alejandra Oliva es Coordinadora de Comunicaciones en el Centro Nacional de Justicia Para el Inmigrante, Chicago. Es escritora freelance y editora, y ha servido como traductora voluntaria para la coalición de Nuevo Santuario de Nueva York.

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