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Jan. 15, 2010 Lecture

Jan. 15, 2010 Lecture - LECTURE JAN 15 2010 Key concepts...

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LECTURE: JAN. 15, 2010 Key concepts: naturalization; citizenship; whiteness; cultural assimilation Citizenship: qualifications changes over time; conferred by birth by parental inheritance, obtained through application. Whiteness: is defined by what it is, by what it is not. The following cases show this. -modal subject: there is subject assumes by law, and by popular culture that is unmarked (modal) but has characteristics, that still matter. Cultural assimilation: the idea that immigrants to the US should adopt to the dominant culture. -multiculturalism “melting pot”: US, as immigrant nation; the idea that we melt into one thing American; melting pot was always about cultural assimilation within the bounds of whiteness. Johnson Reed Act of 1924 “the Quota Act” lowered the max # of immigrants. -ARG: northern and eastern Europeans were more likely to immigrate to the US. These were imagined as the most “modal subjects”; those who could assimilate the best -US vs. Ozawa & Thind Cases: show that law is one of the most powerful mechanisms by which any
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