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5 Concepts in Sociology 44: Births, Deaths, and Migrations at UCI

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Ari Zaed
Sociology 44 observes migrations, births, and deaths in-depth. It explains trends and observations regarding migration based on different sociological theories and perspectives. This class is usually taken by Sociology majors, but it is an open class for anyone from any background to take. The course code for this class changes every year, but it is usually offered year round. Keep reading to find what you need to know for Sociology 44.

1. Sociology of Immigration

Sociology of immigration is the study of immigration throughout the years. In the beginning of immigration to the U.S. during the early twentieth century, there were a lot of immigrants from Europe. The twenty-first century has introduced many immigrants from Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Sociologists analyze the different social situations that have lead to this trend. The field of sociology that is interested in monitoring immigration is referred to the sociology of immigration.  

2. Social Immigration- What is it?

Social immigration into the U.S. is the sociology of immigrants and the social problems that they face in the U.S. These problems include poverty, education, housing, and social functionality. There are many different family problems that can occur to immigrants as well, such as leaving the support system of extended family behind, causing stress and financial difficulties, and having different perceptions about the social roles of family members. There have increasing trends of poverty seen among immigrant families.  

3. Theory of Assimilation

This is the process when characteristics of members of immigrant groups and the societies that they immigrant into start to resemble one another. It is thought that full assimilation usually occurs within three to four generations. Some immigrants do have a lack of assimilation, which may be due to hardships of social and economical setbacks in the society that they enter. It has often been suggested that this may be what causes a disconnect between immigrants and their future generation families.  

4. Generational Change

Many generations of immigrants change from the societal standards that were present in the home country of immigrants. Twenty-First century immigrants tend to assimilate a lot more than their predecessors. Many immigrants start to have a generational change when transitioning to using primarily English as their primary language for communication.  

5. Symbolic Interactionism

This is an important perspective that must be known since it is used to view immigration in this perspective. This is a theory that observes the meanings, orientations, and assumptions behind peoples actions. An example of this can be the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. After the September 11 attack, many arabs, muslims, south asians, and nations suffered from many attacks and violence because people perceived them to falsely become terrorists. From a symbolic interactionist perspective, the violence meant that americans attributed to Arab and Muslim people and culture.   Sociology 44 is a great class to take for personal growth, or to just get a class out of the way. Whoever the reason may be, the class is a very educational and informative course that can positively affect the way you view the concept of immigration. The professor that teaches the course usually changes, but it is almost always guaranteed to be a great class!  


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