660 Garcia St
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Speaker: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Southern California, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR
There is no grand theory of immigration, but in American sociology, three paradigms have prevailed: assimilation, transnationalism and racialization/criminalization. Each one has its own merit, yet misses important dynamics. In this lecture, Dr. Hondagneu-Sotelo presents empirical findings from a study of Latinos in South Los Angeles to help build a new framework of immigration as a home-making process. The Latinos in South LA study (LiSLA) includes 100 in-depth interviews with first and second-generation Latina/o immigrants, 19 interviews with civic leaders, and census and demographic mapping of Watts, Vermont Square and the historic South Central Avenue neighborhoods. The presentation focuses attention on the significance of race, anti-Black racism, and generational differences among Latina/o immigrants in the immigrant-homemaking process, and suggests several concepts that highlight the significance of place and race in immigrant home-making.