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CFBP–Anthropology, Immigration, Nation, Ethnicity, Race, IQ

Update June 2013: Please see the follow-ups on Anthropologists Studying Immigration in the United States and Immigration Reform: Institute for Women’s Policy Research.


Anthropology on ImmigrationThere are signs of hope that the U.S. Senate is putting together a Better Immigration Bill. At the same time, the whole issue has become intertwined with that never-ending battle about the relation between race and IQ (thank you to Beatriz Reyes-Foster for the tweet alert).

The scenes take us back to Franz Boas and the foundations of academic anthropology in the United States. Immigration was supposed to be one of the key public issues for the American Anthropological Association in 2013, but I’m not seeing any updates since the General Statement on Immigration of 2011. The AAA General Statement is important, as it discusses anthropology’s history and obligations, but it was written in opposition to state-level laws and does not comment on current national legislation.

I have also not seen much in the anthropology blogosphere (let me know if I’m missing something!). Michael Scroggins is pursuing a related track with The Political Economy of IQ at Ethnography.com, and Debra Lattanzi has been tracking immigration reform with pieces like Five Myths about the Immigration Line at Living Ethnography, but it would be nice to see more anthropology on the issues of immigration, nation, ethnicity, race, and IQ.

So this is a CFBP, a call for blog posts. I can put your work up as a guest post, promote it, or suggest another outlet in the anthropology blogosphere.

Here are some additional possible resources:

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  • [...] juncture, although it could be updated in the context of new national legislation–see the Call for Blog Posts – Anthropology on Immigration. The AAA statement takes us back to Franz Boas, himself an immigrant, and who also published some [...]

  • [...] Gomberg-Muñoz points out that most undocumented migrants are employed–indeed Mexican migrants have one of the highest rates of employment in the U.S., most are “on the books,” and often contributing payroll taxes. These statistics are borne out in a Pew Research Center report, Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero–and Perhaps Less: these are people who are pulled into specific employment opportunities, and if those disappear, so does the migration (see also Anthropology on Immigration and the 2013 Call for Blog Posts – Anthropology on Immigration). [...]

  • By Where's My Ghost Money? on May 12, 2013 at 2:58 am

    [...] Call for Blog Posts – Anthropology on Immigration. [...]

  • [...] have been relatively surprised–and this comes as a follow up to the Call for Posts on Immigration–to not see more of the anthropologists studying immigration in the news. The only example I [...]

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