Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders

44 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013 Last revised: 26 Mar 2014

Jamie R. Abrams

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: April 17, 2013

Abstract

“American men have no history,” declared pioneering masculinities scholar, Michael Kimmel. Masculinities, the study of how men relate to each other and construct their identities, can be used as a powerful sociological and legal tool to understand institutions, power structures, and human relations. While the history of American immigration law has revealed rich multi-dimensional narratives of class, race, and domestic and international politics, sparse historical work has considered the masculinities dimensions of immigration law.

This Article considers how unpacking the masculinities dimensions of our paradigmatic shifts in immigration policy might offer an additional - even unifying - dimension to previously disparate and divergent immigration laws worthy of further research. This Article concludes that it is critical to make masculinities visible in immigration law and policy to understand how dominant masculine imperatives shape citizenship itself.

Keywords: immigration law, immigration policy, gender, masculinities

JEL Classification: J61, K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Jamie R., Enforcing Masculinities at the Borders (April 17, 2013). Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2014-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2252886

Jamie R. Abrams (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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