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LSJ 329 A: Immigration, Citizenship, And Rights

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
THO 101

Syllabus Description:

LSJ 329
"Immigration, Citizenship and Rights" * (see note below)
MW  10:30-12:20pm
101 Thomson Hall


Faculty Info:    Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky, Assistant Professor
Appointment:   Law, Societies and Justice Program & Dept of American Ethnic Studies
Office Hrs:       Friday, 1:30-3:30pm in A-517 Padelford* (see note below)


TA Info:            Ayşe Toksöz, Graduate Student in PhD Program, Dept of Sociology
Office Hrs:       MW 9-10am in the Burke Museum Cafe 


We will examine the relationship between citizenship and migration and the impact on rights, broadly defined, in the U.S. How do experiences intersect with law and policy in daily life in constructing membership as an immigrant and citizen, shaping a sense of belonging, and framing one's experience of rights? This is a sociological examination of formations of political and social memberships that materialize in legislative form, varied stages in documenting status and of citizens and migrants’ daily experience in the U.S. Key questions that will be examined throughout the term include: What are the ways that states make citizens and migrants? What are the ways that citizens and migrants make the state? What does this process look like? What is the consequential impact on social, economic, political and cultural life? Much of our coursework will pay close attention to two major spaces through which citizen[ship] is shaped and contested: identity [race and gender structures] and the social order [labor].

Students should have a basic familiarity with scholarship in race, gender and in studies of migration, inequality and globalization. While our class does not have sections, you will be expected to engage in critical readings and discussions of the course materials during lecture, when possible. At all times, you must do so in a respectful tone and conscientious manner towards your peers in class.

*Note:  Please do not register for this course if you completed LSJ 329/AES 498 "Immigration, Citizenship and Rights" in Spring 2014. AES 498 was withered temporarily in that quarter.

Padelford has 3 wings: A,B and C. The easiest way to find my office - A517 - is to enter Padelford via the entrance near Hall Health. This is the A wing. Take the elevator to the 5th floor and turn left when you exit. My office is to your right, just four office doors past the elevator."

LSJ 329_Winter 2016_Syllabus

Catalog Description: 
A sociological examination of citizenship. Focus on how immigration law and polices shape divers meanings, practices, and statues, of citizenship in varied context, Topics include migration theories, state control, stage of legal status, relationship to race and gender ideology, as well as labor and civil society, in shaping membership and rights.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:07pm