Virtual Issues showcase articles on topics of contemporary relevance from the archives of American Anthropologist.

This issue on migration and immigration supplements the June 2017 print issue, which features three articles on immigration: “Temporal Patterns of Mexican Migrant Genetic Ancestry: Implications for Identification” by Cris E. Hughes, Bridget F. B. Algee-Hewitt, Robin Reineke, Elizabeth Clausing, and Bruce E. Anderson; “Uncertain Futures: The Unfinished Houses of Undocumented Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico” by Iván Sandoval-Cervantes; and “Una Gabacha Sinvergüenza (A Shameless White-Trash Woman): Moral Mobility and Interdiscursivity in a Mexican Migrant Community” by Hilary Parsons Dick.

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Over the past several decades, American Anthropologist has featured important contributions to scholarly and public debates around migration and immigration, national borders, refugees and asylum, and more, including a recent Vital Topics Forum, “On Latin@s and the Immigration Debate.” To highlight the long history of engagement by anthropologists on these issues, contributing editors Jaime Sykes and Emily Weisenberger, along with managing editor Sean Mallin, curated this set of articles, which ranges from a classic study by Franz Boas on bodily form among immigrants to more recent work on refugee camps in Kenya and reflections on the public role of anthropologists in speaking against xenophobia.

This list represents only a handful of the articles that the journal has published on these issues; it is by no means exhaustive. But it is a good place start. And we hope it inspires your own search through the journal’s archives (Anthrosource is a great tool for this!). We invite you to list some of your findings in the comments section.


Articles (available through Anthrosource for free until October 2017)

Boas, Franz. 1912. “Changes in the Bodily Form of Descendants of Immigrants.” 

Redfield, Robert, Ralph Linton, and Melville J. Herskovits. 1936. “Memorandum for the Study of Acculturation.”

Mayer, Philip. 1962. “Migrancy and the Study of African Towns.”

Anthony, David W. 1990. “Migration and Archaeology: The Baby and the Bathwater.”

Chavez, Leo. 1994. “The Power of the Imagined Community: The Settlement of Undocumented Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States.”

Markowitz, Fran, Sara Helman, and Dafna Shir-Vertesh. 2003. “Soul Citizenship: The Black Hebrews and the State of Israel.” 

Cobb, Charles R. 2005. “Archaeology and the ‘Savage Slot’: Displacement and Emplacement in the Premodern World.”

Coutin, Susan Bibler. 2005. “Being En Route.”

Fassin, Didier, and Estelle D’Halluin. 2005. “The Truth from the Body: Medical Certificates as Ultimate Evidence for Asylum Seekers.”

Vora, Neha. 2011. “From Golden Frontier to Global City: Shifting Forms of Belonging, ‘Freedom,’ and Governance among Indian Businessmen in Dubai.”

De León, Jason. 2012. “‘Better to Be Hot than Caught’: Excavating the Conflicting Roles of Migrant Material Culture.”

Cameron, Catherine. 2013. “How People Moved among Ancient Societies: Broadening the View.”

McGuire, Randall H. 2013. “Steel Walls and Picket Fences: Rematerializing the US-Mexican Border in Ambos Nogales.”

Andersson, Ruben. 2014. “Time and the Migrant Other: European Border Controls and the Temporal Economics of Illegality.”

Oka, Rahul C. 2014. “Coping with the Refugee Wait: The Role of Consumption, Normalcy, and Dignity in Refugee Lives at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.”

Thiranagama, Sharika. 2014. “Making Tigers from Tamils: Long-Distance Nationalism and Sri Lankan Tamils in Toronto.”

Werner, Cynthia, and Holly Barcus. 2015. “The Unequal Burdens of Repatriation: A Gendered View of the Transnational Migration of Mongolia’s Kazakh Population.”

Haugerud, Angelique. 2016. “Public Anthropology in 2015: Charlie Hebdo, Black Lives Matter, Migrants, and More.”