BOOK in process

We the Polluted People: Immigrant Generations Remap Race, Class, Gender & the Body to Remake US Citizenship (under advance contract, Stanford University Press)

This book in process examines how in Los Angeles undocumented Latino and marginalized Asian American activists for clean air craft their own citizenship and belonging as a challenge to America’s racially hostile citizenship regime. The activists’ citizen-making flows from their own version of community and community activism. As they prioritize in this process the social axes of gender and class and the concepts of the body, emotionality, and fictive kinship, Kim finds that the immigrants enact “embodied citizenship” for the “embodied community.” To render this argument, Kim draws on several years of ethnographic fieldwork (participant observation), open-ended in-depth interviews, and documents analysis.