Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Pithy and perceptive comments on American culture and on others. Pop-Ethnography.

Muslim Gangs: A Facebook Exchange

Once in a while I try to communicate to my conservative friends the complexity of the situation created by the existence of many Muslims in western Europe. Here is another vignette. This is transcript of a Facebook exchange over two … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 35): Merit-Based Immigration and Other Solutions

Note: here is Part 34. The long-established numerical prominence of immigration into the US via family relations makes it difficult to distinguish conceptually between legal immigration responding to matters of the heart and immigration that corresponds to hard economic, and … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 32): Immigration and Politics

Note: here is Part 31. Left-Wing Immigrants Immigration is seldom politically neutral. Large-scale immigration as experienced by the wealthy Western countries changes the balance of power between domestic parties.  Immigrants seem to never divide their loyalties evenly between existing parties. … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 31): The California Hourglass Class Figure

Note: here is Part 30. Discussions of the impact of immigration on native labor often have a 19th century, quasi-Marxist flavor. Implicitly, they seem to posit a large undifferentiated working class, on top of which sits a small middle, or professional … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 28): Culture Dilution (or Erosion)

Note: here is Part 27. There is also the fear without a name, or without much of a name, that lurks in the background of many animated discussions of immigration. Much of it is taking place on-line. It’s the fear … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 26): Immigration and the Host Culture: Two Sources of Rejection

Note: here is Part 25. Those who know that they stand to benefit by immigration in the forms of cheaper goods and more affordable services may still oppose immigration on broad cultural grounds. Many think the nation is endangered by … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 25): Non-Economic Objections to Immigration; Assimilation and Stubborn Language Facts

Note: here is Part 24. In my area of central California, there are many people with ascendants from Mexico. You are normally in daily contact with some of them. As is the case with most immigrations (plural) of long standing … Continue reading

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