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Volume 150,
Issue 2,
Spring 2021

2019 Impact Factor: 1.146
2019 Google Scholar h5-index: 23
ISSN: 0011-5266 E-ISSN: 1548-6192

Drawing on the nation’s most prominent thinkers in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, as well as the professions and public life, Dædalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, explores the frontiers of knowledge and issues of public importance. Recent issues have examined Access to Justice; Inequality as a Multidimensional Process; Science and the Legal System; Why Jazz Still Matters; Political Leadership; Ethics, Technology, and War; Russia Beyond Putin; and The Prospects and Limits of Deliberative Democracy.

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Phyllis S. Bendell

Current Issue

Immigration, Nativism & Race in the United States

Dysfunctional immigration and border policies implemented in recent decades have accelerated growth of the Latino population and racialized its members around the trope of illegality. Since the 1960s, Republicans have cultivated White fears and resentments toward African Americans, and over time have broadened these efforts to target Hispanics as well. Until 2016, this cultivation relied on a dog whistle politics of racially coded symbolic language, but with the election of Donald Trump, White nationalist sentiments became explicit and emerged as an ideological pillar of the Republican Party.

The Spring 2021 issue of Dædalus on “Immigration, Nativism & Race in the United States,” guest edited by Douglas S. Massey (Academy Member; Princeton University), confirms this political transformation, describing its features and documenting its consequences. And while its thirteen essays, authored by scholars in the fields of sociology, political science, law, and education, among others, offer a bleak assessment of the policies and practices—implemented by Republican and Democratic administrations alike—leading up to the 2016 election, there is room for optimism: demographic evidence that suggests a future in which integration, adaptation, and peaceful accommodation in which intergroup boundaries blur rather than harden is possible, achieved partially through the full legalization of the roughly 11 million people who live in the United States without legal permanent residence.

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