From the Middle East to Europe to the Americas, one question dominates: which people belong where? As people cross frontiers seeking opportunity or mere safety, those already inside those borders extend their hands. Whether that hand offers an open palm or curls in a fist, it marks the identity of the bearer and the immigrant in a single gesture. We intimately connect our sense of who we are with where we are and where we are from. And we feel our identities most keenly, as sociologists Sonia Roccas and Marilynn Brewer observe, when we feel surrounded by “others.”1 

Issue 1.2 of Studies in Late Antiquity appropriately, then, explores the dynamic...

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