Anthropology 249: Critical Study of Migration

Quarter: Fall 2019
Instructor: Park

Transnational Migration has been an increasingly visible phenomenon both globally and locally. The course examines the ways studies of migration challenge and also contributes to existing social and cultural theory: first, locating human mobility in the context of social struggle and change; second, situating transnational human mobility in its properly global configuration; and finally, the role of agency among the migrants themselves. Through empirical studies and ethnographies of migration (including many case studies of immigration to the U.S.); the class discussion will focus on major arenas of anthropological contributions to this issue: theories of national incorporation and nativism (and xenophobia) as well as theories of culture, race/ethnicity, and identity. We will end with the question of power and resistance as it affects migrant workers.