Thursday, December 8, 6pm - 7:30pm
Leah Perry Author of The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration (NYU Press, 2016)
The event will be introduced and moderated by Hasia Diner, Professor of American Jewish History & Director of Center for American Jewish History @ NYU.
In The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration, Leah Perry argues that 1980s immigration discourse in law and popular media was a crucial ingredient in the cohesion of the neoliberal idea of democracy. Blending critical legal analysis with a feminist media studies methodology over a range of sources, Perry shows how even while “multicultural” immigrants were embraced, they were at the same time disciplined through gendered discourses of respectability. Examining the relationship between law and culture, this book weaves questions of legal status and gender into existing discussions about race and ethnicity to revise our understanding of both neoliberalism and immigration.
Leah Perry is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY-Empire State College.