ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Immigrants against Immigration


Immigration propelled by the neo-liberal order has, on the one hand, encouraged the inflow of foreign nationals, but on the other, has also exposed the limits of the so-called promised land in the West. This paradox or tension between hope at a new destination and despair at the receiving end of the promised land leads to the inversion of what could be loosely called the xenophobic attitude. In the changing immigration scenario, it is important to understand the basics of shared prejudice in terms of fossilised closed-mindedness against historically discriminated groups such as Black people, religious minorities, and lower-caste groups. An inward-looking individualism seems to overdetermine, for example, those who are alleged to have been opposing affirmative action for Black people in the United States (US). Thus, what one finds is a kind of inversion of xenophobia that is turned against those who, like their new opponents, have immigrated to the land of promise in the West.

One might think that the suggested inversion of xenophobia is different from the old binaries between the White and Black people in the US in terms of the colour of their skin, Europeans versus Asians, or Americans versus Asians. However, it has to be argued that such a kind of inversion does not suggest a departure from old binaries; on the contrary, it involves the overlap between, for example, racism and xenophobia, as defined earlier.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here


To gain instant access to this article (download).

INR 59

(Readers in India)

$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.