CPRC Seminar - November 17th - due to high RSVPs - this seminar will be in Room C03 at CSSW

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to:

 

“Turning Foreigners into Nationals: The Americanization of the Second Generation"

presented by

Roger Waldinger

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of California

 

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room 1109

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

(between 121st Street and 122nd Street)

 

Videoconference is available at:

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street, Room 492

 

Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.

 

Abstract

For students of American immigration, Letters from an American Farmer, a book written in the late 1780s is an essential point of reference, as the author asked a question that still resounds. Crevecoeur’s query, “What is the American…?” struck a deep chord; while that quote from the famous Frenchman is invariably cited, the issue is then immediately left behind.  That lacuna is no surprise since the prevailing conceptualizations provide little basis for asking about how Americanization might be studied or explained.  The problem is largely one of perspective: the social scientists almost all stand with their backs to the border, looking at processes of boundary making, blurring, and crossing within the country of immigration.  Moreover, they do so while embracing values that they understand as universalistic, such as those entailing equal and fair treatment regardless of background, without realizing that eligibility for equal and fair treatment stops at the water’s edge.  Consequently, by focusing on the contrast between insiders of long-standing native parentage and outsiders of more recent vintage, standard approaches cut the Americanization process in half, obscuring the starting point and making the tale of how immigrants and their descendants become Americans the story untold.   In this paper I will try to recount that untold story, doing so by first developing a conceptual framework for understanding how foreigners get turned into nationals and then providing some illustrative data.

Bio

Roger Waldinger is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA. He has worked on international migration throughout his career, writing on a broad set of topics, including immigrant entrepreneurship, labor markets, assimilation, the second generation, high-skilled immigration, immigration policy, and public opinion. The author of seven books, Waldinger is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow; his research has been supported by grants from the Ford, Haines, Mellon, National Science, Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations.

Waldinger is currently Interim Associate Vice-Provost for International Studies. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1999-2004 and directed the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA School of Public Affairs from 1995-1998. He is a regular instructor in the year-long graduate, sociology seminar on international migration in comparative perspective. He has taught all three quarters: the first, on theory, history, and policy; the second, on economic and social incorporation; the third, a research seminar. He is also co-organizer of the “Migration Study Group,” a year-long speaker series featuring interdisciplinary talks on international migration.

 

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