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Unformatted text preview: Immigrant States: Jerseys Global Routes School of Arts and Sciences Signature Course RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY FALL 2010 Sociology 920:271; W&GS 988:271; LHCS 595:271; American Studies 050:271 Robyn Magalit Rodriguez (Sociology) and Carlos Ulises Decena (Womens and Gender Studies) RECITATION SECTIONS INSTRUCTORS: Section 1 (W 10:55-12:15PM HCK-204 D/C): Shruti Devgan Section 2 (W 10:55-12:15PM HCK-218 D/C): Carolina Alonso Section 3 (W 5:35-6:55PM HCK-114 D/C): Carolina Alonso Section 4 (W 5:35-6:55PM HCK-118 D/C): Etienne Meunier Section 5 (F 10:55-12:15PM HCK-207 D/C 01:595:271:05 F10): Susana Matallana Section 6 (F 10:55-12:15PM HCK-213 D/C): Shruti Devgan Section 7 (T 12:35-1:55PM HCK-112 D/C): Etienne Meunier Section 8 (T 2:15-3:35PM HCK-113 D/C): Etienne Meunier Section 9 (W 12:35-1:55PM HCK-114 D/C): Susana Matallana R1 (T 3:55-5:15PM HCK-123 D/C) : Professor Decena R2 (F 10:55-12:15PM HCK-129 D/C) : Professor Rodriguez COURSE DESCRIPTION Rutgers University prides itself on its racial and ethnic diversity. Indeed, the state of New Jersey counts amongst the top immigrant destinations in the United States. Yet, New Jersey is also amongst the most segregated states in the United States and it is a state where immigration is hotly contested. Arizona has recently been the focus of the national debate on immigration. However, questions of whether immigration enforcement should be intensified, whether immigration law should be less restrictive, and whether the children of immigrants, particularly the undocumented, ought to enjoy the rights of citizenship or not are being debated in town halls across this state. Drawing on their expertise in Asian, Latin American and Caribbean area and ethnic studies, Professors Decena and Rodriguez will investigate and interrogate global immigration to New Jersey through multiple scholarly perspectives. They will examine how people from vastly different countries like the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Mexico and China have come to make their Jersey roots often and, paradoxically, through overlapping yet distinct routes. The course will interrogate how the idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is constructed by the state and by immigrants themselves and the ways race, class, gender and sexuality fundamentally shape these ideas as well as what it means to be an American. While attentive to what has made immigration a phenomenon as old as human history itself, this course will explore how immigrants sustain their involvement with multiple locations for the making of identity and belonging even as they attempt to craft their own American identities. The intensity of immigrants' transnational linkages in this first decade of the twenty-first century is distinctive from the transnational linkages immigrants created and sustained in the past. Professors Rodriguez and Decena explore to what extent migrants form communities on bases other than race or ethnicity. Furthermore, Professors Decena and migrants form communities on bases other than race or ethnicity....
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- Spring '11