Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Professor María Rendón on Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos ♥★
Monday, Sep 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Book Talk Series:
Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America
September – October 2020
Select Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Zoom Details will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours in advance
The Book Talk Series: Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America is part of the project: The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility. This project has been underway through the American Bar Foundation and now will have a campus home at UCI Law. The project focuses on how law and policy can shape the incorporation of Latinx people across the nation through four key drivers of opportunity and mobility: immigration, education, economic participation, and political participation and civic engagement. As part of this project, UCI Law is hosting book talks for scholars committed to addressing issues affecting the Latinx community to present their recent scholarship. This series will push attendees to think about the realities––past and present––of Latinx people in the U.S. and how the future may look different, including better access to justice, resources, and opportunities. UCI Law is thrilled to spotlight these scholars and to provide an opportunity to learn from and host a dialogue on this important work!
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Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Professor María Rendón on Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos
Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
A quarter of young adults in the U.S. today are the children of immigrants, and Latinos are the largest minority group. In Stagnant Dreamers, sociologist and social policy expert María Rendón follows 42 young men from two high-poverty Los Angeles neighborhoods as they transition into adulthood. Based on in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations with them and their immigrant parents, Stagnant Dreamers describes the challenges they face coming of age in the inner city and accessing higher education and good jobs and demonstrates how family-based social ties and community institutions can serve as buffers against neighborhood violence, chronic poverty, incarceration, and other negative outcomes.
Rendón demonstrates the importance of social supports in helping second-generation immigrant youth succeed. To further the integration of second-generation Latinos, she suggests investing in community organizations, combatting criminalization of Latino youth, and fully integrating them into higher education institutions. Stagnant Dreamers presents a realistic yet hopeful account of how the Latino second generation is attempting to realize its vision of the American dream.
Stagnant Dreamers has received several awards by the American Sociological Association, including the Robert E. Park Award, (Community and Urban Sociology section); Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award (Latina/o Sociology) and Honorable Mention for the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award (International Migration).
María Rendón is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. As an urban scholar, Dr. Rendón has made important contributions to understand how residential segregation and poverty concentration affects Latino immigrants and their children. This includes examining the role of urban violence, criminalization and racialization processes in the lives of Latinos, as well as how social networks and institutions alleviate or aggravate the consequences of American spatial inequalities.
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