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Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 

is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Fall 2018 CSLS Speaker Series




Cecilia Menjivar is Dorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities, Department of Sociology at UCLA


Presenting her research

“Transformative Effects of Immigration Law and Its Enforcement on Perceptions of the Self”



This paper examines the enduring alterations in behaviors, practices, and self-image that immigrants’ evolving knowledge of and participation in the legalization process facilitate. Relying on close to 200 interviews with immigrants from several national origin groups in Los Angeles and Phoenix, the authors identify transformations that individuals enact in their intimate and in their civic lives as they come in contact with U.S. immigration law en route to and as a result of regularization. Findings illustrate the power of the state to control individuals’ activities and mind-sets in ways that are not explicitly formal or bureaucratic. The barriers the state creates, which push immigrants to the legal margins, together with anti-immigrant hostility, create conditions under which immigrants are likely to undertake transformative, lasting changes in their lives. These transformations reify notions of the deserving immigrant vis-à-vis the law, alter the legalization process for the immigrant population at large, and, ultimately, shape integration dynamics.


Please join us on Monday, November 19 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 


The article on which the presentation is based, co-authored with Sarah M. Lakhani, published in the American Journal of Sociology Vol. 121 No. 6 (May 2016), is available on our website and in hard copy at the Center.
Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director

Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director



Monday, November 19, 2018
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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