How do societies respond to great demographic change? This question lingers over the contemporary politics of the United States and other countries where persistent immigration has altered populations and may soon produce a majority minority milestone, where the original ethnic or religious majority loses its numerical advantage to one or more foreign-origin minority groups. Until now, most of our knowledge about large-scale responses to demographic change has been based on studies of individual people’s reactions, which tend to be instinctively defensive and intolerant. We know little about why and how these habits are sometimes tempered to promote more successful coexistence.
The Zolberg Institute welcomes Justin Gest to discuss these themes, present in his new book Majority Minority.
April 21, 2022 – 4:30pm EST
- Justin Gest, Associate Professor of Policy and Government, George Mason University
- Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
- Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and International Migration Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY
- Andrew Wimmer, Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy, Columbia University
- Bart Bonikowski, Associate Professor of Sociology and Politics, New York University