I had to buy some books for a Sociology class I’m taking that focuses on Ethnicity & Immigration. These are all non-fiction and are particularly about migrants, refugees, and immigration as a whole. Reading non-fiction can sometimes be a pain, but I feel like it’s necessary that we educate ourselves on important issues, like immigration, that are effecting people all over the world. Especially now, more than ever, it is of utmost importance that we learn to appreciate the struggles & hardships these people have had to face in order live a peaceful life. Diversity is important & it is what makes a culture so much more rich and beautiful.
So, I had to buy:
- Becoming British by Thom Brooks, Price $16.00
- Refugee Tales, Featuring a bunch of different writers, Price $15.00
- The Anti-egalitarian Mutation by Nadia Urbinati & Arturo Zampaglione, Price $35.00
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Price $16.80
- Becoming British
Brooks talks about his experience as an immigrant in the UK and how the process works. I’m interested in this particular book because I’ve never been to the UK, & am interested in reading an in-depth discussion on how immigrants are treated there. Brooks also explains the legalities, laws & the politics of it all.
2. Refugee Tales
This is a relatively short read, with under 150 pages. It features fourteen different, real stories as told by different writers for each story. They talk about either their own experience or someone they know, how they navigated unchartered territories and the emotions they felt. I think this is going to be heart-warming, emotional and evocative to read. Getting to know fourteen perspectives, being in their shoes and seeing things from their eyes is most certainly going to evoke some emotions!
3. The Anti-egalitarian Mutation
Not gonna lie, I feel like this is going to be the hardest to read. Just because this is more factual and less story-telling. But, you gotta do what you gotta do! The writers in this book makes their case that we’re in a state of political disagreement based on different ideologies & as a consequence of which, democracy is in a tricky/dangerous situation (The Anti-Egalitarian Mutation). The argument of this book, as is the case for all the books in this haul, pivots on the immigration issue in particular.
4. Born a Crime
I’m really looking forward to reading this book because its written by Trevor Noah! He writes about his experience as a child of mixed race growing up in South Africa, at a time when it was illegal for people of different racial backgrounds to even interact. I can’t even decipher how bizarre & awful it must have been. Noah has always been pretty vocal about his views on racism, and I’m interested in reading his exposure to it as a young kid.
I’ll be sure upload my review on at least 2 of these books! What books would you guys recommend that are relevant to Migrants & Refugees?