Discourses of Immigrant Reception in Rural US Communities

300-word abstracts are due April 1, 2017

Over the past two decades, changes in patterns of im/migration in the United States have called for new language to describe the growing im/migrant communities in areas that had long been culturally and ethnically homogenous. A body of research has grown on new receiving destinations, outside the historic “gateway” cities of immigrant reception, and the New Latino Diaspora earned particular attention. Given the current political climate and public discourses on im/migration in the United States, there is renewed urgency in seeking to understand climates of reception for immigrant, transmigrant, and Diaspora communities particularly in areas where white nationalist discourse and movements predominate.

For the 2017 annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, we propose a panel that will examine a range of discourses of reception – nativist, humanist, multiculturalist and more – as well as grassroots movements that are emerging among im/migrant communities. We are particularly interested in ethnographic work conducted in rural and new Diaspora reception areas.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • New Latino Diaspora communities, especially in rural areas
  • Transnational ethnicities and identities
  • Discourses of multiculturalism and diversity
  • Discourses and constructions of whiteness
  • Contesting deficit narratives in public schools
  • Local debates on public policies targeting im/migrant communities
  • DACA

Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes.  For more information contact Elizabeth Phelps (eep6@cornell.edu) and Mariana Zaragoza (mariana.zaragoza@utsa.edu).