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‘Intra- and Inter-Latino Sociocultural and Political Networks in Miami and Their Consequences for Latinos’ Local Integration’

Series Name Contemporary Migration Seminar Series
Speaker Marie-Laure Mallet
Type Lectures & Talks
When 25 Mar 2015, 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Venue Fielding Johnson South Wing, Ogden Lewis Seminar Room 1
Open To University staff and students
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Marc Scully, ms627@le.ac.uk, Ext: 2449 Bernard Ryan, br85@le.ac.uk, Ext: 3595

The Leicester Migration Network are pleased to welcome Marie-Laure Mallet to the university to discuss her research. She is a lecturer at the Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and visiting fellow at University College London Institute of the Americas.

The demographic diversification of the Latino population in Miami, both in terms of generational change and national origin, calls for an investigation into cultural and political divisions within the often-asserted but rarely investigated “Latino community”. How do Latino immigrants from various countries perceive each other and interact? What drives these choices and what are the consequences for Latino life in Miami and beyond?

This paper approaches these questions utilizing social network formation. It draws on 48 semi-structured qualitative interviews with Latino immigrants in Miami from 8 nationalities collected in 2012 as part of a larger multi-city study examining the dynamic inter-relations among different Latino immigrant groups. Utilizing only the Miami data, this article examines various Latino groups’ locally expressed social networks. What are the sociocultural and political forces that unite and divide? And what are the implications of these networks for understanding how the increasingly diverse Latino peoples of Miami will integrate with or alienate each other?

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