This book examines contemporary migration to the United States through a surprising and compelling case study – the Nuer of Sudan, whose traditional life represents one of the most important case studies in the history of anthropology.
It provides an opportunity to examine issues of current importance within anthropology, such as social change, transnationalism, displacement, and diaspora in an easy to understand manner.
In understanding the experiences of the Nuer, students will not only gain insights into the world refugee problem and the role of immigration in the United States, they will also learn about the features of Nuer life which are considered a standard part of the anthropology curriculum.
The book juxtaposes elements of Nuer culture which are well-known within anthropology — and featured in most anthropology textbooks — with new developments arising from the immigration of many other Nuer to the U.S. in the 1990s as refugees from civil war in southern Sudan.
Consequently, this book will fit well within existing anthropology curricula, while providing an important update on descriptions of traditional life.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Series
II. Nuer Journeys: War, Flight, and Resettlement
III. The Birth of a Community
IV. Jobs, Welfare, College, and Cars
V. Gender, Generation, and Family Change
VI. Nuer Refugees in the American Community
VII. Looking Forward
Jon D. Holtzman, Indiana Univeristy - Purdue University, Indianapolis
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York