Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Weatherhead Resident Scholar


Roots and Raices: Latina/o Immigrant Integration in Black Spaces

Pierrette Hondagneu-SoteloPierrette Hondagneu-SoteloPhoto courtesy of Michael Messner.Pierrette Hondagneu-SoteloPhoto courtesy of Michael Messner.

Dr. Hondagneu-Sotelo plans to complete a book analyzing Latino immigrant integration in the historically African American mega-neighborhood of South Los Angeles. The book will be co-authored from a rich empirical base: 100 in-depth interviews with Latina/o residents of three South L.A. neighborhoods; interviews with 19 civic leaders; Census data from 1970 to the present; and, interviews with African American residents, and with public park and community garden users. Hondagneu-Sotelo challenges assimilation and transnational theories with a new paradigm, immigrant homemaking in multiracial contexts. Rather than ethnic succession, ethnic sedimentation is occurring, with Latino immigrants actively building on African American traditions and legacies. Rather than simple race identity, a strong place-based identity and pride is emerging, especially among the Latina/o second generation. Latina/o immigrant social and economic integration has progressed, while civic participation lags, but quotidian gatherings in parks and gardens encourage community civic engagement.

Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Southern California

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