“Judging Extreme Hardship”: An in-class activity for teaching critical interrogation of discursive frames in U.S. im/migration law

Tower Center Associate Dr. Jennifer Cook wrote about how A key element in teaching the anthropology of im/migration is fostering critical analysis of the discursive frames used in conversations about im/migrants. Students are likely to be exposed to discursive frames about im/migration such as those that construct im/migrants as unassimilable (Ngai 2005), as criminal threats (Chavez 2013),or as economic drains on the U.S.,through news and social media, as well as interpersonal interactions. They may not, however, have had the opportunity to examine these frames from a critical perspective: to interrogate the myths and assumptions underlying normative constructions of “good” and “bad,” “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants (Willen and Cook 2016). Read more here.