Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Parker Reviews Hahamovitch and Other Items of Interest from JOTWELL

As regular readers know, we keep a close eye on JOTWELL's Legal History Section and we regularly post links to new content. The latest review comes from Kunal Parker (University of Miami). Here's what he has to say about Cindy Hahamovitch's No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (Princeton University Press, 2011):
In the past decade, there has been an explosion of wonderful work on the history of immigration and citizenship law. Cindy Hahamovitch’s No Man’s Land ranks with work of Mae Ngai, Daniel Kanstroom, Kelly Lytle Hernández, and others.  The book is essential reading for historians of twentieth century immigration.  It offers a brilliant account of the forces that have shaped modern immigration law and of the way immigration law categories have acquired meaning “on the ground.”
Read on here.

Several of JOTWELL's other sections have also recently posted items of interest. Recent reviews include:
  • "Oral History and Perceptions of Subjectivity": Anne Tweedy (Hamline University) on Robert Alan Hersey, Jennifer McCormack, & Gillian E. NewellMapping Intergenerational Memories (Part I): Proving the Contemporary Truth of the Indigenous Past, Ariz. Legal Stud. Discussion Paper 14-01 (2014), available at SSRN.