Sociology and Anthropology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Upcoming Events


SOAN Colloquium Talk, co-hosted by the Institute for Immigration Research (IIR)

Elizabeth Vaquera, "Fear and Vulnerability: Social Consequences of Enforcement Practices in the Lives of Undocumented Immigrant Young"

Commerce Building, Room 3006 (IIR Building, 4087 University Dr.)
October 1, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Drawing from in-depth interviews with young adults who migrated to the U.S. as undocumented children, I argue that the current immigration enforcement system embodies a colorblind racial project of the state rooted in the racial structure of society that results in racism toward immigrants. Approaching racism from structural and social process perspectives, I illustrate the social consequences of enforcement practices in the lives of these immigrant young adults. Although legal discourse regarding immigration enforcement theoretically purports colorblindness, racial practices such as profiling subject immigrants to arrest, detention, and deportation, in effect, criminalizing them. Further, enforcement practices produce distress, vulnerability, and anxiety in the lives of young immigrants and their families, often resulting in legitimate fears of detention and deportation since enforcement measures disproportionately affect Latinos.

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Talk by SOAN Prof. Daniel Temple

Evidence for Life History Trade-offs among Late/Final Jomon Period Foragers Using Incremental Microstructures of Enamel

Johnson Center, C
October 2, 2014, 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Abstract: There are two hypotheses that evaluate the human response to early-life stressors. The plasticity/constraint hypothesis predicts that the human response to early-life stress reflects plasticity in the ability to reallocate energetic resources and survive the event, but constraint in future allocations of energetic reserves to growth and maintenance occur. The predictive adaptive response hypothesis argues that individuals who survive early-life stress experience physiological changes that increase the chances of surviving future stress events. This study used linear enamel hypoplasia (LEH), a dental indicator of growth disruption, and incremental microstructures of enamel to explore these two hypotheses. The study found that early-life stress events were associated with a greater risk of future LEH formation and earlier ages at death. The results support the plasticity/constraint hypothesis. Late/Final Jomon period people were able to survive early-life stress events, but these individuals experienced more growth disruptions and had exacerbated mortality schedules. These findings indicate that the physiological response of Jomon people to stress events appears to be patterned within the context of developmental experience.

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SOAN Fall Bash

The Hub (SUB II), Front Ballroom
October 6, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites you to an evening of food, fun, music, and dancing with DJ Dan Trencher. Join faculty and other students, and bring a friend.

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(RE)VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice, & the Crisis of Climate Change, 4th Annual Public Sociology Conference

October 18, 2014

The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics. This year’s conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. We invite papers and session proposals—from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike—that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape our future.

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