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Spring 2019
Apr 09, 2020
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CULP 348 - TheOther:Immigrant Integration
With a record 200 million people living outside their country of birth, immigration is a global phenomenon with profound demographic, economic, social, and political implications for both sending and receiving countries. The debates over immigration policies have 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 the cultural and historical basis for conceptualizing immigrants as the Other. We will also explore the ways, in which both the term and the concept are translated into contemporary policy towards immigrant “others” and how immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers now claim to speak as Others. We will raise questions about traditional understandings of nationality, loyalty, place and identity; discuss models of multiculturalism citizenship, as well as transnationalism and post-nationalism, paradigms that challenge an integrationist reading of migration.  Theoretical writings, ethnographies, and works of fiction will inform our discussions. We will focus on case studies of France, Germany, the United States, and Canada. This course is an upper-level seminar and is structured around active student participation and discussion. It is of interest to students of anthropology, sociology, international relations, government, public policy, gender studies and ethnic studies.

This course is taught as part of the Doyle Initiative on Engaging Difference. See http://doyleinitiative.georgetown.edu/ 


By the end of the semester, students will be able to: 

•	Identify the cultural and historical basis for conceptualizing the Other;

•	Think critically and comparatively about the meanings of difference, identity, and belonging;

•	Understand and engage with contemporary debates related to immigrant integration policies and practices;

•	Prepare discussion questions and lead class discussions on a wide range of issues;

•	Write reflectively about immigrant integration, identity, and belonging;

•	Design a policy memo on selected integration issues; and

•	Use theoretical concepts and frameworks discussed in class to analyze a work of fiction dealing with immigrant integration and identity.


In this class we will be reading a wide variety of publications, including theoretical and empirical papers published in peer-reviewed journals as well as ethnographies and works of fiction.  

Books (in order of reading). All books can be purchased from local or online bookstores. Some are also available on Kindle. 

Zygmunt Bauman. 2011. Culture in a Liquid Modern World. Cambridge: Polity.
Jhumpa Lahiri. 2003. The Namesake.

Ruth Mandel.  2008. Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany. Duke University Press.

Tricia Danielle Keaton. 2006. Muslim Girls and the Other France. Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion. Indiana University Press.

Dinaw Mengestu. 2007. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

Peggy Levitt. 2001. The Transnational Villagers. University of California Press.

Joseph O’Neill. 2009. Netherland.


3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Culture & Politics Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science, Mean Grade is Calculated

May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     
      First Year

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