With this volume, The University of California Center for New Racial Studies inaugurates a new book series with Routledge. Focusing on the shifting and contradictory meaning of race, The Nation and Its Peoples underscores the persistence of structural discrimination, and the ways in which "race" has formally disappeared in the law and yet remains one of the most powerful, underlying, unacknowledged, and often unspoken aspects of debates about citizenship, about membership and national belonging, within immigration politics and policy. This collection of original essays also emphasizes the need for race scholars to be more attentive to the processes and consequences of migration across multiple boundaries, as surely there is no place that can stay fixed—racially or otherwise—when so many people have been moving. This book is ideal as required reading in courses, as well as a vital new resource for researchers throughout the social sciences.
Table of Contents
Preface, by Howard Winant / Race and Immigration: An Introduction, by John Park and Shannon Gleeson / I. History / 1. Victor Bascara, "‘The Filipinos Do Not Need Any Encouragement from Americans Now Living’: On Dilemmas of Teaching and Being Taught Ethics Under Unethical Conditions." / 2. Jean-Paul de Guzman, "Race, Community, and Activism in Greater Los Angeles: Japanese Americans, African Americans, and the Contested Spaces of Southern California." / 3. John Park, "Getting Around the Law: Asians, Whites, and Land Ownership." / 4. Dylan Rodríguez, "‘Allow One Photo’: Prison Strikes as Racial Archives." / II. Race, Agency, Identity / 5. Lisa Garcia Bedolla and Claire Jean Kim, "Beyond Whiteness: Asian Americans and Latinos in the U.S. Educational Discourse." / 6. Irene Bloemraad, "‘Ascriptive’ Citizenship and Being American: Race, Birthplace, and Immigrants’ Membership in the United States." / 7. Jennifer Jones, "Making Minorities: Mexican Racialization in the New South." / 8. Steve McKay, "Racializing the High Seas: Filipino Migrants and Global Shipping." / III. Institutions and Structures / 9. Shannon Gleeson, "Navigating Occupational Health Rights: The Function of Illegality, Language, and Class Inequality in Workers’ Compensation." / 10. Tanya Golash-Boza, "Tattoos, Stigma, and National Identity Among Guatemalan Deportees." / 11. Anna Joo Kim, "Informality at Work: Immigrant Employment and Flexible Jobs in Los Angeles." / 12. Greg Prieto, "An Ethnographic Analysis of Mexican Immigrant Agency." / 13. Tom Wong, "Nation of Immigrants, or Deportation Nation? Analyzing Deportation and Returns in the United States, 1892 to 2010."
John S.W. Park is Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies and an affiliated faculty member in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed his doctorate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2011 to the present, he has served as the Associate Director for the UC Center for New Racial Studies. Park writes and teaches on topics in race theory, immigration law and policy, and Anglo-American legal and political theory. His books include Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights (NYU Press, 2004), Probationary Americans: Contemporary Immigration Policies and the Shaping of Asian American Communities (Routledge, 2005, with Edward J.W. Park), and Illegal Migrations and the Huckleberry Finn Problem (Temple University Press, 2013).
Shannon Gleeson is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the workplace experiences of immigrants, the role of documentation status in stratification, andimmigrant civic engagement. Gleeson’s work has been published in a range of journals including Latino Studies, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, International Migration, and The American Journal of Sociology. Her book, Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston, was published in 2012 by Cornell University Press.
"This superb volume heralds the welcome arrival of Routledge's series on "new racial studies." In John Park and Shannon Gleeson's expert curatorial hands, The Nation and its People teems with bracing insights from some of the University of California's best and brightest minds working at the intersection of race and immigration. The collection, dans ensemble, presses the indispensable point that who we are, as a body politic, is inextricably linked to immanent processes of racial discrimination and nativist exclusion."
-Taeku Lee, Political Science and Law, University of California Berkeley
"At a time when public discourse suggests race no longer matters, this book demonstrates otherwise. Park and Gleeson have organized a collection of thought-provoking essays that reveal the complex, shifting processes and patterns of race and racism in the US today. Centering experiences of multiple groups, the volume moves beyond black and white conceptions of race to underscore that racial inequalities continue to be deeply rooted in social structures. This book should be required reading for scholars of race, immigration, and inequality."
-Leisy J. Abrego, Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Nation and Its Peoples is highly original and thought-provoking. The authors provide sophisticated analyses and compelling evidence to shed new light on the continuing significance of race and dispel the myths of a post-racial America."
-Min Zhou, Ph.D., Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and author of Contemporary Chinese America
"While pundits may argue that we now "live in a post-racial society," an approach known as "new racial studies" provides powerful tools to unmask pernicious ideologies. Here, Park and Gleeson demonstrate that policy debates over immigration, naturalization, confinement, and deportation are inseparably intertwined with racialization projects. The quest for social justice will not prevail if this basic fact is ignored."
-Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles