Immigrants, immigration, and sociology: Reflecting on the state of the discipline

Cecilia Menjívar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


The growth of the field of immigration in multiple directions and across disciplines and areas presents an opportune juncture to pause and reflect on the central role sociology has played in the study of immigrants and immigration, as well as to assess the contributions that immigration research has made to sociology. This essay discusses three subfields in Sociology in which the sociological study of immigrants has contributed to bring new light to long-standing questions: family, religion, and ethnic and racial studies. At the same time, it brings up areas - culture and arts, social movements and civic engagement, and citizenship, belonging and the state - in which immigration scholars in sociology could establish a more vibrant intellectual dialog with those subfields. Far from exhausting the discussion, these comments are intended to offer potential avenues for further research and discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Immigrants, immigration, and sociology: Reflecting on the state of the discipline'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this