Effective Instructional Approaches
Edited By Lydiah Nganga, John Kambutu and William B. Russell III
Chapter Three: (En)countering the Paradox: Challenging the Neoliberal Immigrant Identity: Paul G. Fitchett
Paul G. Fitchett
Neoliberalism is an economic, political, and social doctrine emphasizing free-market values and placing private industry over public welfare. The immigrant community has emerged as a paradoxical topic for neoliberalism. Either valorized as nation-builders and sources of labor or minimized and castigated as a threat to Eurocentric traditions, the influx of immigrants across U.S. boundaries is a contentious side effect of this hyper-capitalist derivative of globalization. This chapter explores the dynamics of neoliberalism and its impact on the immigrant identity, and how social studies textbooks and curricula have propagated a neoliberal message toward immigration. I offer strategies for challenging the neoliberal immigrant identity in social studies classrooms.
According to Merryfield and Kasai (2004), globalization is the dynamic interconnectedness of culture, economies, and communities across nations. Under such pretense, globalization serves to ameliorate societal conflicts, foster interdependence, and recognize multiple ways of knowing (Spring, 2008). Yet, the looseness of defining globalization has also given way to another form, neoliberalism. Highly controversial and complex, neoliberalism surfaced as an economic theory placing emphasis on free-market ideology and a deregulation of the nation-state (Chomsky, 1999; Harvey, 2007). In its current iteration, neoliberalism is championed as an uninhibited capitalist approach toward international commerce and trade. On the ground, however, it has contributed to unstable geopolitical climates, the suppression of labor at the expense of capital, an assault on collective bargaining, and a dehumanizing of the workforce.
Under neoliberal doctrine, immigration patterns fluctuate as people search for more...
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