Please direct correspondence to Cecilia Menjívar, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Program in Sociology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-3701, USA; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrants, Immigration, and Sociology: Reflecting on the State of the Discipline*
Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2010
© 2010 Alpha Kappa Delta
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 3–27, February 2010
How to Cite
Menjívar, C. (2010), Immigrants, Immigration, and Sociology: Reflecting on the State of the Discipline. Sociological Inquiry, 80: 3–27. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2009.00313.x
- Issue online: 21 JAN 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2010
The growth of the field of immigration in multiple directions and across disciplines and areas presents an opportune juncture to pause and reflect on the central role sociology has played in the study of immigrants and immigration, as well as to assess the contributions that immigration research has made to sociology. This essay discusses three subfields in sociology in which the sociological study of immigrants has contributed to bring new light to long-standing questions: family, religion, and ethnic and racial studies. At the same time, it brings up areas – culture and arts, social movements and civic engagement, and citizenship, belonging and the state – in which immigration scholars in sociology could establish a more vibrant intellectual dialog with those subfields. Far from exhausting the discussion, these comments are intended to offer potential avenues for further research and discussion.