Sociology and Anthropology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Upcoming Events


SOAN hosts DC Sociological Society

Founder's Hall, #716
September 4, 2014, 6:30 PM

SOAN hosts the DC Sociological Society's Presidential Address by Professor Johanna Bockman on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 starting at 6:30pm at Arlington campus (Virginia Square Metro station). Her address is titled "Sociology in DC, Sociology of DC: Studying Gentrification."

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

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. For information about the speaker, Elizabeth Vaquera, go to

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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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