Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas by David FitzGerald
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Date and Time
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, G
Book Presentation with David FitzGerald
Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas questions the widely held view that in the long run, democracy and racism cannot coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin show that democracies were the first countries in the Americas to select immigrants by race, and undemocratic states the first to outlaw discrimination. Through analysis of legal records from twenty-two countries between 1790 and 2010, the authors present a critical history of the rise and fall of racial selection in the Western Hemisphere.
David FitzGerald is the Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations and Associate Professor of Sociology, UCSD.
David FitzGerald’s research program aims to understand the laws and policies regulating international migration as a total system of interactions among actors in countries of origin and destination. He seeks to explain how and why legal norms are diffused, the social origins of policy variation across time and place, and how the application of policy is experienced by actors in daily life. He is the Co-Director of the San Diego Node of the Scholars Strategy Network and was awarded the American Sociological Association’s International Migration Section “Award for Public Sociology” in 2013.