Ya' Gotta' love baseball: Resource caravan passageways and immigrant integration

Location
417 Muirhead Tower
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Dates
Thursday 2nd July 2015 (17:30-18:30)
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Contact

Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk

Distinguished Speaker Series: Stevan E Hobfoll The Judd and Marjorie Weinberg Presidential Professor, Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Illinois, USA

Personal, social and material resource loss and gain is instrumental in immigrant life and host-immigrant conflict.  Using the "love of baseball"  metaphor, which has long been a standard for immigrant acceptance in the United States, Professor Hobfoll examined demands on both immigrants and society to allow and observe pathways of integration along resource caravan passageways that enable, impede, or disenable integration. 

There is not a single pathway, but rather, there are several pathways that have proven successful and several that have proven unsuccessful.  The stressful challenges that are both real and perceived that face immigrants are explored with special attention of Muslim integration in Europe and the U.S..  The consequences of failure of Muslim integration for social unrest and as consequence the inevitability of terrorism are considered.  He also considered the role of external forces in the case of Muslim integration as pressure for religious Jihad is intermixed politically in combination with the social problems of successful integration.