ANTH-435 Migration, Islam, and Transnational Cultures in Europe
This seminar will look at issues of international migration from European perspectives and will introduce students to important contemporary debates on migration through sociological and anthropological research. By tracing the history of migration in Europe, it will examine the process of acculturation in various contexts where legal frameworks, colonial histories, and current policies differ. Increasingly, researchers have taken into consideration the fact that while migrants leave their countries, they never leave their identities and cultures behind. New approaches to the study of migrations follow the entire trajectories of migrants, not only in terms of their national origins, but also in terms of their social classes, urban or rural origins, generational status, etc. In order to explore these issues, we will compare several migrational situations in Europe sharing the similarity that most of the migrants involved are Muslims: North African migration in France, Spain, and Belgium; Turkish migration in France and Germany, and Pakistani migration in Great Britain. Using the theoretical work of social and cultural theorists such as Bourdieu, Sayad, Arkoum, and Giddens, we will explore how Islamic migrations have effectuated change in European cultures in areas such as identity formation, civic status and participation, social mobility, and debates on fundamentalism and secularism. (Not offered 2005-06)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


ANTH-435-01 Immigration and Integration in Europe, Canada and the US
Spring for 2015-2016
Professor Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
M 1:15 pm – 3:05 pm
Walsh 397
Immigration is a global phenomenon with profound demographic, economic, social, and political implications for both sending and receiving countries. The debate over immigration policy has become increasingly volatile and, in some instances, characterized by misinformation, hate, and xenophobia. Beyond the politics of immigration, genuine challenges to immigrant integration abound. Successful integration of immigrants is critical to the long-term prosperity of host countries that rely on immigrants as workers, consumers, taxpayers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in light of their aging native-born populations and lower birth rates. In this course we will explore integration policies and practices in both traditional immigrant-receiving countries--such as the United States and Canada—and new countries of permanent immigration—such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom. We will raise questions about traditional understandings of nationality, loyalty, place and identity. We will discuss models of multiculturalism citizenship, as well as transnationalism and postnationalism, paradigms that challenge an integrationist reading of migration. This course is an upper-level seminar and will be structured around active student participation and discussion.

Instructor: Dr. El?bieta M. Go?dziak, Research Director at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and editor of International Migration has 20 years of experience in conducting applied research and policy analysis in the area of international migration, immigrant integration, human trafficking, child welfare, and minority health and mental health
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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