Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
WHAT MAKES SOMEONE AN "AMERICAN"? Political theorists and political sociologists have emphasized "ethnic" and "civic" distinctions in national belonging, while scholars of immigration focus on boundary making around language, religion, citizenship status and race. In a presentation of ongoing work, Professor Bloemraad explores the contours of membership in the United States that emerged in interviews with 182 U.S.-born youth and their immigrant parents born in Mexico, China, and Vietnam. Despite a discourse portraying U.S. citizenship as a civic and political affiliation blind to ascriptive traits, many of those interviewed equate “being American” with racial majority status, affluence, and privilege. Contemporary scholars of politics and immigration have not sufficiently explored economic notions of American-ness, which immigrants and their children can see as both a barrier to membership, but also a pathway to symbolic inclusion, notably for undocumented migrants. For many immigrants, membership through naturalization – the exemplar of citizenship by consent – does not overcome a lingering sense of outsider status. Perhaps surprisingly, birthright citizenship offers an egalitarian promise: it is a color-blind and class-blind path to membership.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:30pm
As part of its Origins of the Twenty-First Century: People, Policies, Politics series of graduate-student workshops, the Graduate Social Science & Policy Forum presents two papers on the theme, "New Forms of Child Sociability." Gideon Dishon (Penn Education, Culture and Society Program) will discuss "What Are We Building Anyway? The Origin and Function of Team Sports as Tools of Character Development" Tom Brinkerhoff (Penn History) will discuss, "Government Agents of a Different Order: Children, Print Culture, and the Shaping of Contemporary Argentine Political Discourse."
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
IN THIS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW WORKSHOP, James Walsh presents new work developed from his dissertation, "Governing the Divide: Institutions and Immigration Control in the United States, Canada, and Australia." Through sources extending back to the nineteenth century, Walsh traces the origins of three regimes for handling immigration – generally more centralized and technocratic in Canada and Australia, and more fragmented in the U.S. – that continue to determine distinctive border controls in the age of globalization. Irene Bloemraad (UC Berkeley) and Rogers Smith (Penn Political Science) will comment on Walsh's manuscript.
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
PEOPLE OF INDIAN ORIGIN – whether they are Indian-born or U.S.-born – make up well less than one percent of the American population. Despite its small size, this community has been called a “Model Minority” that has been unusually successful in pursuing the “American Dream” through careers in high-skill occupations and entrepreneurship. The talk focuses on four major themes in the immigration literature – selection, assimilation, entrepreneurship, and clustering – to analyze the specific characteristics of this community. Unlike most immigrant groups who enter the country at a disadvantage (relative to non-Hispanic Whites) and converge within a generation or two, the advantages of exceptional positive selection of Indian immigrants at the time of entry appears to be sustained through the next generation.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:30pm
As part of its Origins of the Twenty-First Century: People, Policies, Politics series of graduate-student workshops, the Graduate Social Science & Policy Forum presents two papers on the theme, "New Spatialization of Race and Housing." Anthony Pratcher (Penn History) and Colin McGrath (Penn History) will discuss "Section 236 in Phoenix: Federal Policy and the Local Placement of Multi-Family Housing." Charlotte E. Jacobs (Penn GSE) and David Schor (Penn GSE) will discuss, "Public School Desegregation Efforts in Philadelphia 1955-1980."
The Origins of Migration Between Mexico & the U.S. (Laurencio Sanguino, SSPF Postdoctoral Fellow, with Jose Moya and Madeline Hsu)Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
IN THIS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW WORKSHOP, Laurencio Sanguino presents new work developed from his dissertation, "The Origins of Migration between Mexico and the United States, 1905-1945." The focus of his work this year has been Zamora, Michoacán, and its transformation into one of the most important migrant-sending communities in Mexico between 1885 and 1965. Jose Moya (Barnard College) and Madeline Hsu (UT Austin) will comment on Sanguino's manuscript.
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:30am - 5:30pm
McNeil Center, 34th and Walnut Streets
Major scholars from sociology, city planning, economics, history, and public policy convene to present research on the role of immigration in transforming metropolitan housing markets, creating economic opportunity, and transforming neighborhoods. Speakers include:
Keynote Speaker: Robert J. Sampson, Harvard
Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York
Gary Painter, University of Southern California
Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon
Audrey SInger, Brookings Institution
Jacob Vigdor, Duke University
Domenic Vitiello, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Wachter, University of Pennsylvania
Jamie Winder, Syracuse University