Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
169 McNeil Building
Medical Sociology: Susan Bell, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University
"A Place-Sensitive Perspective on Outpatient Hospital Care for Immigrant and Refugee Patients"

This paper is based on a hospital ethnography that investigates healthcare architecture in an increasingly large, complex, and urgent global health issue: caring for refugees and other migrants. It analyzes places in two outpatient hospital clinics in one US hospital – waiting rooms, teaching areas and exam rooms – to explore how place matters in hospital care. Following Gieryn (2000) it takes into account the hospital’s geographic location, material form, and investment with meaning. It argues that hospitals are nodes in a transnational network of immigrant and refugee patients that flows into and out of them. The argument is developed by examining the impact and reconfiguration of physical space, routines, regulations, and technologies in encounters between adult immigrant/refugee patients and caregivers. It is based on 9 months of fieldwork in 2012 that included following 69 adult immigrant and refugee men and women patients and observing their encounters with interpreters and clinic staff. Its inclusion of a transnational dimension to understanding place-specific hospital care adds conceptual and empirical depth to the study of how place matters in 21st century hospitals.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:00pm
169 McNeil Building
Culture, Ethnography, and Interaction: Hae Yeon Choo, Assistant Professor of Sociology (Univ. of Toronto)
Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea

Decentering Citizenship follows three groups of Filipina migrants' struggles to belong in South Korea: factory workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are excluded from claims—unless they claim to be victims of trafficking. Moving beyond laws and policies, Hae Yeon Choo examines how rights are enacted, translated, and challenged in daily life and ultimately interrogates the concept of citizenship. Choo reveals citizenship as a language of social and personal transformation within the pursuit of dignity, security, and mobility. Her vivid ethnography of both migrants and their South Korean advocates illuminates how social inequalities of gender, race, class, and nation operate in defining citizenship. Decentering Citizenship argues that citizenship emerges from negotiations about rights and belonging between South Koreans and migrants. As the promise of equal rights and full membership in a polity erodes in the face of global inequalities, this decentering illuminates important contestation at the margins of citizenship.


Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
169 McNeil Building
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Workshop: Angela Simms, Ph.D. Student, Penn Sociology
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
169 McNeil Building
Second Year Paper Presentations