RCE 399 - Topics in Race & Ethnic Studies

None Class Notes: Topic: Race, Ethnicity, and Contemporary Immigrant Families in the USImmigrants and their US-born children now number approximately 89.4 million people, or 28 percent of the overall US population, according to the 2018 Current Population Survey (CPS). Immigrant families make up a significant portion of the US population. However, immigrant families are not homogenous! Changes in US immigration policy ushered in a new era of family immigration that continue to influence the US landscape across the life course. This has led to questions such as, what are the effects of legal status on immigrant integration? What does the study of immigration and immigrant families reveal about U.S. history? How do immigrant newcomers transition to adulthood? What is the impact of language on immigrant integration? These are just some of the questions we will interrogate throughout the semester. This seminar will provide a broad understanding of immigration issues affecting immigrant families after 1965. Students will be exposed to major theories and empirical research in the field of immigration and family studies with emphasis on the scholarship that examines African, Asian, Caribbean, Latino/Latina, and Middle Eastern immigrant families in contemporary US society, across different stages of the life course. Our goal is to better understand the dynamics and experiences of immigrants in order to evaluate immigrant family functioning as a tool of cultural adaptation (immigrants in the US are not one size fits all and public policy needs to reflect that) leading to better evaluation of current US immigration policies. The course will pull from, but is not limited to, scholars from the behavioral and social sciences and education.
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