DRCLAS Mexico Seminar: Los Otros: Race, Norms, Corruption, and Immigration in Mexico
Pablo Yankelevich, Professor and Director, Center for Historical Studies, El Colegio de México
José C. Moya, Professor of History, Barnard College
Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Join us for a discussion of the acclaimed book Los Otros: Raza, normas y corrupción en la gestión de la extranjería en México, 1900-1950, winner of the 2021 Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History of the Latin American Studies Association, with author Pablo Yankelevich. This work focuses on the all-important capacity of a state, in this case Mexico, to decide who legally becomes a member of its nation—who is “us” and who is “other.” From a comparative hemispheric perspective, Mexico is a fascinating case of immigration policy and practice. Despite lacking an important influx of immigrants in modern times, it instituted some of the most restrictive naturalization laws in the region, leading to widespread corruption involving immigrants and authorities. Moreover, while post-revolutionary governments were avowedly racially inclusive, their migratory norms were driven by marked racial prejudices.