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New Article on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Luis Tenorio, PhD Candidate in Sociology and an affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research, published a new article in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal. Based on ethnographic research, "Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Integration of Central American Unaccompanied Minors" focuses on how "special immigrant juvenile status affects the initial integration of unaccompanied minors into the key social institutions of the home, school, and work."

ISSI Will NOT Close This Summer

After seven months of organizing, we have achieved a major victory! Issuing this statement, the university reversed their decision to close ISSI. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign to Save ISSI. There are still unanswered questions about the building, funding, and so on, and we count on your continued support going forward! Keep up with the future of our campaign, now focusing on keeping space, fundraising, and ensuring longeivity of the social justice community at UC Berkeley on the Social Justice Futures website. 

Congratulations Jovan Scott Lewis!

The Center for Ethnographic Research faculty affiliate is a recipient of the 2021 American Association of Geographers Diversity and Inclusion Awards. "Lewis’s efforts in research, teaching, mentorship, and service are bringing Black geographies (and Black geographers) to the forefront of the discipline, changing UC Berkeley Geography’s intellectual culture in emphasizing Black studies and Black geographies."

Beyond the Case Now Available

On December 4, the Center for Ethnographic Research sponsored a discussion with various speakers on the themes in the book, Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography. This symposium, "Beyond the Case: Comparative Ethnography During COVID-19 and Beyond," is now available for viewing here.

Divided by the Wall

ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research hosted a book talk by Emine Fidan Elcioglu on October 27. "Divided By the Wall: Progressive and Conservative Immigration Politics at the U.S.-Mexico" is now available for viewing here.

Scammer's Yard

Center for Ethnographic Research faculty affiliate Jovan Scott Lewis published a new book based on his ethnographic research among young and poor men striving to make a living in Montego Bay's struggling economy. Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica details how these young men come to view crime as a form of liberation in overcoming inequality and achieving autonomy.

Critical Race Theory

Professor Khiara Bridges is quoted in this Boston Globe article explaining Critical Race Theory. "Critical race theorists support an 'expansive view of racism,' Bridges said, that demonstrates how institutions uphold white supremacy and reinforce our racial hierarchy through 'race-neutral' policies." Bridges is a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research.

Qualitative Research Methods Summer Workshop Concludes

This summer, 14 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world gathered online for six weeks of instruction in qualitative research. The workshop, led by Sociology graduate students Meghna Mukherjee and Luis Tenorio, was sponsored by ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research.

Black Lives Matter

CER stands in solidarity with those protesting anti-Black violence and working to promote racial justice in policing, health care, and all spheres of society. As we work on that goal in education, we invite you to read "Releasing a tradition: Diasporic epistemology and the decolonized curriculum," by Jovan Scott Lewis, Assistant Professor of Geography and African-American Studies, and one of our affiliated faculty members.

New Leadership Role for CER Visiting Scholar

Laura Graham, Professor of Anthropology at University of Iowa and ISSI Visiting Scholar, has been elected as president-elect (2020-2023) and president (2023-2027) of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America.


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