The day was hot. The lively sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival surrounded us—speakers presenting on stage, a parade of Catalonian giant puppets, passersby chatting about what to eat for lunch, and music from an Armenian avant-garde jazz band off in the distance.
The debate on immigration has recently boiled over, with border policy being brought front-and-center. This more recent attention and uproar was ignited by reports of children being separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. Whether images of children being detained or the chilling audio of children crying out for their parents, these children triggered something intensely emotional for all sides.
Since its formal initiation after the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Members’ Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) has made significant progress in its priority areas. Led by the gender equity seats, Gabriela Torres and Dianna Shady, MPAAC convened the Sexual Harassment Working Group in February 2018.
The Northern League focused on the civilizational divide between an abstract idea of Europe, Mitteleuropa (Central Europe)–the superior trans-alpine North in the international order of things– which represents a high culture with its implied Germanic and supposedly high race, and the rest of the world, especially Muslims and Africans who are constructed as uncivilized, primitive, and violent. Framing themselves as Europeans as opposed to immigrants, not only compensate for their prestige deficit but also satisfy their bourgeoisie ideology that is based on a self-perception of being civilized, pure, hard-working, and therefore rich people, thereby rescuing them from the label of being a quasi-member of the global precariat.
APLA Contributing Editor Lucy Carrillo Arciniega interviewed anthropologist Caitlin Fouratt, Assistant Professor of International Studies at the California State University Long Beach about her experiences in advocating for DREAMERS on campus.
Below is a short version of the interview redacted for word count.
A friend of mine from Peru—we’ll call him Martín—recently applied for a visa to attend graduate school in the United States. Moving to the US involved filling out lots of forms, and this presented a dilemma: When I had to mark a category for race, I couldn’t find the word “mestizo,” which is the option […]
Politicians typically strive to project a stable political persona free of self-contradictions and inconsistencies. President Trump, on the other hand, is the master of self-contradictions and inconsistencies. But underlying this apparently incoherent political self is a different type of coherence—one that maintains an egotistical self-image rather than stable political positions. Trump’s political fickleness took center stage […]