Immigration policy and social movements in the United States

From: Sarah Launius <>
Date: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM
Subject: CFP: Immigration policy and social movements in the United States

Dear all, please consider and share with others the following CFP for the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-22, 2014.

Call for Papers: SfAA Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (March 18-22, 2014) Immigration policy and social movements in the United States

In FY 2012 the United States spent approximately $18 billion on immigration and border enforcement – more than all other federal law enforcement efforts combined. Partially as a result, Latino immigrants are quickly becoming one of the largest incarcerated populations in the United States.
Yet these figures tell us little about the everyday lived realities of immigration policing, or their affects on the fabric of U.S. communities.
Furthermore, immigrants have not been passive victims of criminalization and detention – they and their allies have developed creative ways to make demands of government agencies and assert their rights, dignity, and legitimacy as members of the U.S. public. Such struggles have had important impacts on local, state and federal policy – for example, precipitating the Obama administration’s “deferred action” policy and encouraging cities and states to withdraw from federal enforcement programs like “287(g)” and “Secure Communities.”

This session invites papers that view U.S. immigration policy from the “ground-up” – through ethnographic work among immigrant communities; through participatory action research with immigrant activists and allies; through neighborhood, community and urban-scale research on the geography of enforcement and the political struggles that have shaped this.
Similarly, we invite papers that reflect on the role of immigration policy in broader processes of racial formation, gender organization and class composition in the United States, including how activists and organizers have concretely worked to incorporate these concerns into an immigrant rights agenda.

Interested participants should contact Geoffrey Boyce ( or Sarah Launius ( by October 5, 2013. Please include a title and abstract of no more than 100 words.

Sarah Launius

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