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Fighting for foreigners : immigration and its impact on Japanese democracy

Author: Apichai W Shipper
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008.
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"Although stereotypically homogenized and hostile to immigrants, Japan has experienced an influx of foreigners from Asia and Latin America in recent decades. In Fighting for Foreigners, Apichai W. Shipper details how, in response, Japanese citizens have established a variety of local advocacy groups - some faith based, some secular - to help immigrants secure access to social services, economic equity, and political  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shipper, Apichai W. (Apichai Wongsod), 1968-
Fighting for foreigners.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)647142412
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Apichai W Shipper
ISBN: 9780801447150 0801447151
OCLC Number: 221961789
Description: xv, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Associative activism --
Controlling foreigners : Japan's foreign worker policy --
Long-distance nationalism : political activities of immigrant ethnic associations --
Democracy of illegals : organizing support for illegal foreigners --
Local partners : local governments and immigrant rights NGOs --
Foreigners in the public sphere : contesting prevalent social meanings --
Conclusion: Foreigners and democracy.
Responsibility: Apichai W. Shipper.
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"Although stereotypically homogenized and hostile to immigrants, Japan has experienced an influx of foreigners from Asia and Latin America in recent decades. In Fighting for Foreigners, Apichai W. Shipper details how, in response, Japanese citizens have established a variety of local advocacy groups - some faith based, some secular - to help immigrants secure access to social services, economic equity, and political rights." "Drawing on his years of ethnographic fieldwork and a pragmatic account of political motivation he calls associative activism, Shipper asserts that institutions that support illegal foreigners make the most dramatic contributions to democratic multiculturalism. As debates about the costs and benefits of immigration rage across the developed world, Shipper's research offers a refreshing new perspective: rather than undermining democracy in industrialized society, immigrants can make a positive institutional contribution to vibrant forms of democratic multiculturalism."--BOOK JACKET.

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