[Marxism] Suffering of the Immigrant Abdelmalek Sayad, David Macey (Translator), Preface by Pierre Bourdieu

Rakesh Bhandari bhandari at berkeley.edu
Sun Nov 6 23:45:52 MST 2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
This work of outstanding originality is a powerful account of the 
nature of immigration and the condition of the immigrant in our 
societies today. It represents the synthesis of twenty years' of 
research on immigration and emigration, two processes that are, by 
their nature, as inseparable as the two sides of a coin, yet so 
different in appearance that we are led to believe that one can be 
understood without reference to the other. By highlighting the 
intrinsic relationship between these two phenomena, Abdelmalek Sayad 
- an Algerian sociologist and close associate of Pierre Bourdieu - 
succeeds in providing a comprehensive and illuminating account of the 
nature of immigration and the lives of immigrants in the West. 
Through a sensitive and profound analysis, the author reveals the 
reality of the displaced existence of immigrants and the harrowing 
contradictions that characterize it. Among these contradictions is 
the deep collective dishonesty through which immigration perpetuates 
itself, where immigrants are compelled, out of respect for themselves 
and the group that allowed them to leave their country of origin, to 
play down the suffering of emigration and to encourage more of their 
compatriots to join them. Separated from their families, towns and 
homelands, and weighed down by the unshakeable guilt of this absence, 
immigrants are also 'absent' in their country of arrival, where they 
quickly become victims of exclusion and are seen simply as members of 
the workforce. Students in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, 
politics and geography, as well as the general reader, will find this 
an invaluable text.

Suffering of the Immigrant

Abdelmalek Sayad, David Macey (Translator), Preface by Pierre Bourdieu


ISBN: 0745626424
Format: Hardcover, 376pp
Pub. Date: November 2003
Publisher: Polity Press
Suffering of the Immigrant

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements


A Note on Terminology


Preface


Sources


Introduction
1
1
The Original Sin and the Collective Lie
7
2
The Three Ages of Emigration
28
3
An Exemplary Immigration
63
4
Nationalism and Emigration
88
5
The Backlash on the Society of Origin
110
6
A Relationship of Domination
118
7
The Wrongs of the Absentee
137
8
The Immigrant: 'OS for Life'
162
9
Illness, Suffering and the Body
177
10
The Weight of Words
216
11
Naturalization
225
12
Immigration and 'State Thought'
278
13
Recapitulation
294

Notes
303

References
332

Bibliography: The Writings of Abdelmalek Sayad
335


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