Immigration Politics & Policy: In Theory, in Practice, and in Resistance

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Immigration Politics & Policy

Spring 2019

Taught By: Natasha Iskander

Section: A

CRN: 7192

Credits: 3

Over the past decade, the priorities of immigration policy around the world have shifted from governing the movement of people across borders toward defining a new political classes of non-citizens, with fewer recognized rights and often criminalized. Disagreements about this direction in immigration policy, and specifically about who should have the ability to migrate, what political rights immigrants should have once they cross a border, and how immigrants should participate in the economy have strained longstanding political alliances and upended norms of political discourse. The connection between these debates, however, and the actual empirics of migration, never robust, seems to have grown ever more tenuous. Immigration policy increasingly reflects concerns about economic dislocation and anxieties about racial and demographic change rather than any observed trends in the movement of people and and in their integration into receiving economies. Despite this slippage, the policies produced through these debates have leaned heavily on disciplinary tools designed to control and exclude immigrants, such as carceral detention, deportation, and the separation of families, and as a result, they have had profound impacts on the lived experience of immigrants, upending their social and economic lives. The course considers this punitive turn in immigration policy as it has played out several policy arenas: the labor-market incorporation of immigrants and their families; the construction and militarization of borders, and the enforcement of the distinction made between refugees and immigrants; the possibilities for connection among communities, economies, and political categories that migration represents; and new aspects of migration as security concerns and climate change come to the fore. The course also explores the vocabularies and avenues for resistance that have emerged in response to this recent direction in immigration politics and policy, and reflects on the possibilities for a new politics of immigration, citizenship, and economic participation that these creative practices of resistance evoke.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:21pm 5/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019