• Rethinking generational categories at the border for Latino immigrants

    Author(s):
    Tina Catania (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Place Studies
    Subject(s):
    Cultural sociology, Human geography, Immigration studies, Latinx
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    borders, immigration, second-generation, U.S.-Mexico border
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6G498
    Abstract:
    In studies of immigration, generation is typically considered a static categorical system. I argue, however, that generation is a fluid construct and must be understood as place-based. Drawing on fieldwork conducted among Latino/as along the Texas–Mexico border, I seek to explore what current framings of generation leave out. Many in Laredo, Texas, see this border as allowing or preventing movement; these perceptions impact the constructions of generational categories. Cross-border travel, conceptualizations of place and immigration, and mixed-generational unions shape immigrant experiences, and in turn, affect concepts of generation. I conclude by offering ideas and inviting discussion on how the concept of generation can be re-worked to move beyond blunt categories and be re-conceptualized from the perspective of immigrants.
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    Status:
    Published
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