AES 405 A: Advanced American Ethnic Studies In Social Science

Undocumented Immigrant Communities: Papers, Rights, and Identity

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MEB 243
Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Additional Details:

Migration, documents, citizenship, and identity are the focal point for this seminar. In a discussion-based class setting, students will examine sociologically the concept of the undocumented and historically trace the structuring of migration, il/legality and citizenship, with a particular focus on documents. Documents are techniques of state power that produce who, what and how we count and know about immigrant communities. Documents can also enable and limit, such as the right to mobility and access to resources. Working with primary and secondary sources, we will learn about papers, like passports, visas, the REAL ID, and immunity passports in areas of social life, such as in labor, health, and education. While we’ll examine social inequalities and violence, we’ll also assess strategies of community building and resistance across diverse undocumented immigrant communities.


Catalog Description: 
Advanced study of race and ethnicity in a critical and comparative context. Examines social, cultural, historical, political and economic experiences of racialized communities in AES major. Social science theories and methods used to study various topics, including education; migration, refugee, carceral and legal studies; politics and public policy, social movements, global health, and environment. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
April 27, 2021 - 12:11pm