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This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mehta, Suketu

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A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned autho...r Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and on years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. As he explains, the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, it is little surprise that borders have become so porous. But Mehta also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swaths of the world: When today's immigrants are asked, Why are you here? they can justly respond, We are here because you were there. And now that they are here, as Mehta demonstrates, immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish. Impassioned, rigorous, and richly stocked with memorable stories and characters, This Land Is Our Land is a timely and necessary intervention, and a literary polemic of the highest order.
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ISBN 9781250619495
Released NZ 4 Aug 2020
Publisher Picador
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781250619495
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Picador
Imprint Picador USA
Released 4 Aug 2020
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Mehta, Suketu
Category Social & Cultural History
Social Institutions
Immigration & Emigration
Central Government Policies
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 124mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 305.90691209
Weight 295g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text General/trade