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.
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."