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Membership, Citizenship, and Democracy

President Trump’s pernicious attacks on nonwhite immigrants have thrust a particular theory of political membershipβ€”white nationalismβ€”to the forefront ...

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Loving Wilderness, Loving Borders

The Wednesday after the 2016 election, my son, Julien, arrived home from school crying. β€œDo we have to go home, too?” He had been talking with some of his ...

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Marriage and Other Shams

In the early 1980s, an Indian guru homesteaded a tract of ranchland in rural Oregon, building a utopia equipped to withstand both HIV and American hypocrisy. Armed with free love and even freer enterprise (and guns), the Rajneeshees and their ostensible leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (nowadays more popularly known as Osho), delivered equal measures of chaos and titillation to the American public...

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β€œAm I Not One of the β€˜Disappeared’?”

Zahia Rahmani’s Β« Musulman Β» roman hinges on a question that has gathered force in recent years: a witness is speaking, but will she ever be heard?

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The Future of Migration

In 2008, in a town of about 2,000 people, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 389 workers and charged them with civil immigration violations and identity theft. The Bush administration had decided to experiment with mass workplace arrests and assembly-line judicial proceedings. The target was a kosher meatpacking plant in rural Postville, Iowa. What most observers miss when they...

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Inside and Out in Paris and France

A year ago I was a recent college grad living in Toulouse, in southern France. My generous host family ...

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