Earned Citizenship

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
Michael J. Sullivan is Associate Professor in the Graduate International Relations Department at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. His work has appeared in Restorative Justice, Politics, Groups and Identities, Social Politics, International Journal of Children's Rights, Canadian Review of American Studies, Journal of Identity and Migration Studies, Boston Journal of Law and Social Justice, and Texas Law Review

"Earned Citizenship is vitally effective because readers aren't simply expanding their knowledge framework but are required to make ongoing ethical decisions and to live out that morality in their everyday lives. It is a challenging and engrossing book." -- Manhattan Book Review

"Sullivan (St. Mary's Univ., San Antonio) explores pathways to legal residency and citizenship through serving in the military, parenting children, and caring for the disabled or elderly. He first presents the current challenges of enacting immigration reform, then argues that "civic membership as reciprocity" should recognize the contributions of unauthorized immigrants through normalizing their status to remain in the US. The subsequent four chapters provide well-researched cases that underscore that argument, including military service members who work for the nation, parents who raise children in stable home environments, and caretakers who sacrifice their lives for the public good, providing high-level care for the elderly or handicapped. He advocates that caring for others is of civic value to the greater community. His most convincing appeal for citizenship is for those in the military. This title will add greatly to the current discussion on immigration." -- K. Ladell, CHOICE

"Earned Citizenship is an impressive and erudite contribution to our on-going national discussion regarding immigration and the provision of paths to citizenship for the undocumented population of the United States. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Earned Citizenships is unreservedly recommended as a critically important and core addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Social Issues & Immigration/Citizenship collections and supplemental studies lists." -- Midwest Book Review