Sociology/Latin American and Latino Studies 253
Immigration to the U.S. since the 1970s has been characterized by a marked and unprecedented increase in the diversity of new immigrants. Unlike the great migrations from Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, most of the immigrants who have arrived in the U.S. in the last four decades have come from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. New immigration patterns have had an impact on the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population, as well as the meaning of American identity itself. Immigrants and their families are also being transformed in the process, as they come into contact with various institutional contexts that can facilitate, block, and challenge the process of incorporation into the U.S.
This course examines the impact of contemporary immigration patterns by focusing on the child and youth population in the U.S. living in immigrant families. Since 1990, children of immigrants (those born in the U.S. as well as those who are immigrants themselves) have doubled and have come to represent a quarter of the population of minors in the U.S. Today, there are over 20 million children in the U.S. with at least one immigrant parent, with 60% of Hispanic youth and 80% of Asian youth residing in immigrant households.
In this course we examine how children of immigrants are reshaping America, and how America is reshaping them, by examining key topics such as the impact of immigration on family structures, gender roles, language maintenance, academic achievement, and identity, as well as the impact that immigration reforms have had on access to higher education, access to health care and social services, and political participation. This course will provide an overview of the experiences of a population that is now a significant proportion of the U.S. population, yet one that is filled with contradictions, tensions and fissures and defies simple generalizations.
Professor: Eréndira Rueda