An Alien Concept? The Continuity of Anti-Alienism in British Society Before 1940 (cxx)

TitleAn Alien Concept? The Continuity of Anti-Alienism in British Society Before 1940 (cxx)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsCesarani, David
JournalImmigrants and Minorities
Volume11
Issue3
Pagination25
Date Published1992///
Abstract

Anti-alienism has usually been seen as a peripheral phenomenon in British society and politics. However, if anti-alienism is understood broadly as a form of discourse as well as a political movement it emerges as a continuous and central theme. Anti-alienism was the popular response to the first mass immigration into Britain, overwhelming earlier pro-alien traditions of asylum. Anti-alien legislation and the state apparatus for enforcing it established mechanisms for the transmission of anti-alienism as a concept, movement and set of practices from the 1880s to the 1940s. Seen in this context, internment in both world wars was made possible by accumulated administrative experience and a popular opinion habituated to anti-alien practices. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd.

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