Immigration and a Changing America
Foreigners and their children represent 25% of the U.S. population, making the paradox of America’s identity as a “nation of immigrants” truer today than ever. However, immigrants’ choices about where to live, and the policies that shape their everyday lives, are changing rapidly. How do today’s immigration patterns diverge from historical trends? How well are the new immigrants integrating in the economy and society? How do socially constructed categories like “high skilled” vs “low skilled”, or “legal immigrant” vs “illegal alien”, impact immigrant incorporation and well-being? And what happens to those whom the government decides do not belong? In this course you will explore these questions through critical reflection on classical immigration theories, ethnographic texts, independent research, and a personal U.S. immigration blog.
Students enroll in DSOC 2750.