Undocumented Immigrant Communities: Papers, Rights, and Identity
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.