© 2016

The Boundaries of Belonging

Online Work of Immigration-Related Social Movement Organizations


Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 1-34
  3. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 35-65
  4. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 67-111
  5. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 113-170
  6. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 171-225
  7. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
    Pages 227-256
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 257-295

About this book


This book addresses an issue currently making political headlines in the United States—immigration. Immigrants have long engendered debates about the boundaries of belonging, with some singing their praises and others warning of their dangers. In particular, the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country provoke heated disagreements with issues of legality and morality at the forefront. Increasingly, such debates take place online, by organizations in the immigrant rights and the immigration control movements, who engage in symbolic work that includes blurring, crossing, maintaining, solidifying, and shifting the boundaries of belonging. Based on data collected from 29 national-level groups, this book features a cultural sociological analysis of the online materials deployed by social movement organizations debating immigration in the United States.


Immigration Family Citizenship Borderlands Mexico Activists Strong Program Social movements

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Masaryk University Yale UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

About the authors

Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky is Associate Professor at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. Her research includes the cultural sociological exploration of politics and media, especially with regard to migration and refugees.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Boundaries of Belonging
  • Book Subtitle Online Work of Immigration-Related Social Movement Organizations
  • Authors Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
  • Series Title Cultural Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43746-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82901-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43747-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Jaworsky’s monograph, The Boundaries of Belonging: Online Work of Immigration-Related Social Movement Organizations, offers a thoughtful, well-researched and timely contribution to this already-substantial body of literature. … The Boundaries of Belonging is a deeply insightful book that synthesizes scholarship in cultural sociology and social movements, and offers a powerful analysis of the role of culture in shaping social movements.” (Kevin Lujan Lee, Border Criminologies,, June 13, 2019)

“The work offers an excellent thick description of IR and IC SMOs that will aid sociologists in comprehending the drastic immigration measures that the US has recently undertaken. Summing Up: Recommended. General collections; upper-division undergraduates and above.” (J. A. Beicken, Choice, Vol. 54 (11), July, 2017)