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Anthropology News has a new series that is launching this week on language and culture. Check out the latest piece from Jonathan D. Rosa, entitled Contesting Representations of Immigration. This piece is the first in a series of four pieces on the vital issue of immigration from the perspective of linguistic anthropology that will appear over the course of the next week. It is also the inauguration of a new set of formalized discussions on specific issues related to language and culture.
Here is an excerpt from Rosa’s article:
Ongoing debates about U.S. immigration reform have sparked calls for the media and the public to refrain from using terms like “illegals,” “illegal immigrants,” “illegal aliens,” etc. to refer to unauthorized migrants. As scholars who study the ways that language constitutes culture and vice versa, it is intellectually and ethically imperative for linguistic anthropologists to contribute to this discussion.
Much of the current debate surrounding this issue focuses on whether the term “illegal” is a truthful characterization of certain people’s migration status. For example, in the explanation that accompanied a 2011 update to the Associated Press Stylebook, widely regarded as the U.S. news media industry standard, Deputy Standards Editor David Minthorn suggested that “illegal immigrant” should be the preferred term because it is “accurate and neutral for news stories.” In contrast, organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists have described “illegal immigrant” as a “politically charged” phrase that should be reevaluated for its potential violation of the widely embraced journalistic practice of assuming innocence until guilt is proven. Others have made the related case that “illegal” is at best a misleading generalization, at worst a slur. A person diagnosed with cancer is not described as cancerous; however, “illegal” becomes a way of characterizing not just one’s migration status, but also one’s entire person. This perspective has galvanized a campaign to “Drop the I-Word.”
The “Drop the I-Word” campaign resonates with a central tenet of linguistic anthropology: language is a not merely a passive way of referring to or describing things in the world, but a crucial form of social action. Thus we need to ask: What forms of social action take place in and through popular representations of immigration?
Read the entire article on Anthropology News.
Contents: Acknowledgments Summary of the Immigration Policy Proposal and its Rationale Anthropology, Morality, and Immigration: An Overview of the Monograph Values, Activism, and Anthropology Foundational Values and Real World Challenges Recent Immigration to the United States: From Superficial Debates to Underlying Disorders Anti-Immigrationism The Basic Plan: Recruitment and the Receiving Situationb Local Compacts: Basic Format, Process, and Examples Long Term Settlement Via Local Compacts Border Control in a New Immigration Policy A New Policy, A New INS Foreign Relations Unresolved Challenges and Dilemmas Concluding Observations References Cited.
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Following the passage of anti-immigration laws in several states, the Executive Board’s Ad Hoc Group on Immigration has released a statement making recommendations to avoid investing in areas that sponsor or pass such legislation.
In further investigating the immigration issue, the Executive Board’s Ad Hoc Group recommends the Executive Board continues to monitor closely and avoid investing in states that sponsor laws that:
- give police broad powers and discretion to single out members of a specific ethnic group whether in principle or by practice;
- remove social services from undocumented immigrants;
- ban undocumented immigrants from public schools and colleges, and/or charge discriminatory fees;
- criminalize those who drive or shelter undocumented immigrants; and
- require individual identification cards that indicate immigration status.
View the complete General Statement on Immigration.
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