New Book: Punishing Immigrants

Book cover: Punshing ImmigrantsPunishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics, and Injustice

Edited By Charis E. Kubrin, Marjorie S. Zatz and Ramiro Martinez

Subjects: Sociology, Law, Race & Ethnicity

Part of the New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law Series


Arizona’s controversial new immigration bill is just the latest of many steps in the new criminalization of immigrants. While many cite the presumed criminality of illegal aliens as an excuse for ever-harsher immigration policies, it has in fact been well-established that immigrants commit less crime, and in particular less violent crime, than the native-born and that their presence in communities is not associated with higher crime rates. Punishing Immigrants moves beyond debunking the presumed crime and immigration linkage, broadening the focus to encompass issues relevant to law and society, immigration and refugee policy, and victimization, as well as crime. The original essays in this volume uncover and identify the unanticipated and hidden consequences of immigration policies and practices here and abroad at a time when immigration to the U.S. is near an all-time high. Ultimately, Punishing Immigrants illuminates the nuanced and layered realities of immigrants’ lives, describing the varying complexities surrounding immigration, crime, law, and victimization.

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About Jeff Handmaker

I teach law, human rights, law and development and social justice and conduct research on legal mobilization as a tenured faculty member at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2017 I was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. My long-time association with South Africa and Southern Africa continues as a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and as an Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights. I hold various ancillary positions, including as a project board member of the Public Interest Litigation Project and regularly give public lectures in the Netherlands, Europe and elsewhere in the world. My current research applies legal mobilization as an analytical lens to evaluate the legitimacy, capacity, structural limitations and transformative potential – including the symbolic value – for strategic legal mobilization to hold governments, individuals and corporations accountable, particularly when they are involved in serious human rights violations. Recent publications include: with Karin Arts (co-editor) (2018) Mobilizing International Law for ‘Global Justice’ (Cambridge University Press) and (2018) and ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’ in B Jessop & K Knio (Eds.), pp. 189-206, The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals and Lessons (Routledge).
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