Author Archives: Jason Palmer

About Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer is Social Science Research Network Junior Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Having earned a PhD in anthropology in June 2021, he is working on a book about coloniality and indigeneity in the context of Mormon migration, place making, and kin making between Peru and Utah.

Shapeshifting Displacement: Notions of Membership and Deservingness Forged by Illegalized Residents

Abstract: This paper considers how accounts produced by illegalized residents in the United States shapeshift US immigration enforcement regimes by defining narrators and their communities as “belonging.” Anthropologist Aimee Cox develops the notion of “shapeshifting” to refer to how groups that are deemed “social problems” redefine the institutions within which they are embedded. The illegalized residents interviewed for this paper redefined US immigration law and policy as arbitrary, racially biased, and exploitative, even as they argued that they deserved status in the United States. Such Continue reading → Continue reading →