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Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America | Professors Hondagneu-Sotelo and Pastor, South Central Dreams ♥

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo & Manuel Pastor

South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A.

A virtual presentation of the Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America book talk series

Over the last five decades, South Los Angeles has undergone a remarkable demographic transition. In South Central Dreams, eminent scholars Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor follow its transformation from a historically Black neighborhood into a predominantly Latino one, providing a fresh, inside look at the fascinating—and constantly changing—relationships between these two racial and ethnic groups in California.

Drawing on almost two hundred interviews and statistical data, Hondagneu-Sotelo and Pastor explore the experiences of first- and second-generation Latino residents, their long-time Black neighbors, and local civic leaders seeking to build coalitions. Acknowledging early tensions between Black and Brown communities, they show how Latino immigrants settled into a new country and a new neighborhood, finding various ways to co-exist, cooperate and, most recently, demonstrate Black-Brown solidarity at a time when both racial and ethnic communities have come under threat. Read more >


Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Executive Vice President at Community Coalition, will serve as commentator.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is the Florence Everline Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is author of Gendered Transitions (1994), Domestica (2001/2007), God’s Heart Has No Borders (2008) and Paradise Transplanted (2014). She has edited or co-edited five other books.

Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California where he is also the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change. His most recent book is State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future (2018).

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

Zoom details will be sent to those who register.


The Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America book talk series is hosted by The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility initiative. This series will address the realities––past and present––of Latinx people in the U.S., and consider how the future may look different, including better access to justice, resources, and opportunities. The Future of Latinos Initiative is excited to spotlight these scholars and engage with their important new work.