Social class is an embedded feature of social life; rather than being isolated and self-contained, social class positions are highly interdependent on one another. For first generation college students at Bucknell, most of whom are from working class backgrounds, university life is an exercise in enormous social class diversity, often for the first time. How does the experience of becoming a member of Bucknell influence these students’ social class identity? The present study probed this question deeply with three first generation college students, with particular emphasis on how working in service learning situations that mirrored their home environments shaped their […]
Will today’s black middle class reproduce itself? Through analysis of major trends in the composition of occupations by race, class, and gender over the past 40 years, this paper assesses the growth of the black middle class in two ways: 1.) over time and 2.) in comparison to progress made by other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The findings suggest there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the black middle class, but also point to persistent disparities that impede the group’s economic success.
Professor Davis examines the interfaces among women’s evolving expressive arts, young women’s empowerment, and cultural preservation in Mithila, a cultural and linguistic region on the border between Nepal’s eastern terai and the adjacent region of the state of Bihar in India. She reflects on her current collaborative research project, which involves co-production of a participatory documentary film as well as the creation of a digital archive of women’s tales.
This talk analyzes 21st century representations of anti-feminist discourse. I argue that such discourse among men in our current moment takes an even more radicalized and potentially toxic form under the sign of anti-African American racism and anti-queer expression. I examine representations of anti-feminist speech and text as a way of locating a juncture between the recent explosion of online anti-feminist speech and its connections to alt-right racist hate speech as metaphorized and embodied in the anti-queer and anti-black figure of the “cuck.” In doing so, I explore symptoms of toxic, wounded white masculinity that strike out at feminism via […]
Popular narratives about refugees usually feature a racial or national Other granted a “new beginning” by humanitarian-minded Americans. Such sentimental stories divert attention from global conditions of insecurity and inequality that produce refugee crises, including overseas U.S. military action. Contemporary Vietnamese American literature reminds us of America’s role in creating refugees, and offers lessons about refugee law and policy for the Trump era.
Transnational Fiesta: Twenty Years Later explores cultural change and continuity in the indigenous Andean community, fiesta, and migrant colony first documented in the award-winning Transnational Fiesta: 1992. The film follows a migrant family as they travel to celebrate the patron saint fiesta they first sponsored two decades earlier in their hometown, Cabanaconde, Peru, and also participate in the diaspora fiesta in Maryland. The sequel shows the remarkable persistence of Andean culture over time and space as well as the ruptures imposed by global capitalism, generational differences, and other forces of change. For more information see: transnationalfiesta.com
In the “age of the image,” when convergence culture and the imperium of visualism have voided social life, bodies, and experiences from reference to the real, when designer images perform their own presence above and apart from the phenomenal world, what is the place for visual anthropology and ethnographic film, disciplines born together with film technology and guided by the goal of studying and using images to explore human nature? In this presentation I trace the tropological development of ethnographic film and discuss current trends that purport to solve the conundrum by either embracing designer images or searching for the […]
Borderlands surround us, as Gloria Anzaldúa writes. They are psychic, spiritual, physical, sexual, national, and so many more. The proliferation of Borderlands have created the figure of the Nomad, the content moving between the here and now. What borderlands offer us is an opportunity to analyze difference and becoming from the interstitial space of becoming. Difference, in relationship with becoming, elucidates nomadic movement and thus helps to create the figure of the nomad. In conversation with Deleuze and Anzaldúa, this lecture seeks to trace the figure of the nomad thru difference and becoming.
My work on my life in Canada has been an opportunity to think about the stories we tell ourselves, both myself, and the different reactions that my work about race in Canada has governed. My new work considers what “home” means to someone who no longer lives in the country in which he was born. This expatriate situation destabilizes my notion of home, and I have started thinking about how this destabilization is production in terms of understanding not just my notion of home, but those notions other people hold, too.
Tony Affigne, Political Science, Providence College Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, with growth in every one of the 50 states. Latino-owned businesses as well as a growing workforce of Latino service, industrial, and professional workers, are transforming and revitalizing local economies across the country. In states as diverse as Florida, Colorado, New York, and Georgia, Hispanic voters now comprise more than 10% of the electorate, enough to determine state and federal elections. At the same time a sharp backlash, represented most clearly by the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, defines the Latino emergence as […]
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