One way to understand a social phenomenon is to interrogate the forces

that come to bear on that phenomenon. Couched against the exigencies of

immigration policy, Shannon Gleeson's book Conflicting Commitments:

The Politics of Enforcing Immigration Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston

attempts to call out the forces that bear on geographic disparities in

access to legal recourse for the undocumented immigrant worker. To this

end, Gleeson, through case study, examines the localized implementation

of immigrant rights enforcement between two cities with notable undocumented

immigrant populations: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.

Gleeson's overarching account of the recourse disparities between the

two cities may be understood in terms of the varying degrees to which cultural

and institutional entities assimilate under localized conditions. She

charts these assimilationist dynamics mainly by examining the mandates of

federal enforcement agencies, industrial relations entities, civil society advocacy

groups, and national consulates.