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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Néstor P. Rodríguez

Professor Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Professor, Department of Sociology
Néstor P. Rodríguez



international migration and deportation issues; race and ethnic relations; urban sociology

LAS 381 • International Migration

40435 • Spring 2012
Meets M 300pm-600pm BUR 214
(also listed as MAS 392, SOC 389K )
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Seminar Description

 This seminar focuses on diverse patterns (Latin American, Asian, etc.) of international migration, how they are organized and how they affect societies and their populations across world regions.  The topics addressed in the seminar include the following:  historical and macro contexts of migration, the social organization of migration, gender/women and migration, impacts of economic restructuring, migration of highly skilled workers, levels of social incorporation, theories of international migration, state policies for immigration, restrictions against migrants, impacts of migration on sending communities and settlement areas.

Texts (others may be added or exchanged for listed ones)

Stephen Castles & Mark J. Miller.  2009.  The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World.  Guilford Press.

 Ruben Hernández-León.  2008.  Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States. UC Press.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (ed.).  2003.  Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends.  UC Press.

 Anthony M. Messina & Gallya Lahav (eds.).  2006.  The Migration Reader: Exploring Politics and Policies.  Lynne Rienner.

 United Nations.  2009.  Human Development Report: 2009, Overcoming Barriers:  Human Mobility and Development. United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Palgrave Macmillian. (FREE on-line!)

 Li Zhang.  2001.  Strangers in the City:  Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks within China’s Floating Population.  Stanford University Press.


 Five reaction papers, 3-5 pages (100 points; 45% of total grade)

Seminar paper (100 points; 45% of total grade)

Seminar participation (22 points; 10% of total grade)

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