Americanism and the Ethnic Core among Mexican Americans

Edward Telles
Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC, 12 avril 2019
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Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC 2018-2019

98, rue de l'Université 75007 Paris - salle Annick Percheron

vendredi 12 avril 2019 de 11h30 à 13h

Edward Telles
University of California, Santa Barbara

à l'invitation du Département de sociologie de Sciences Po

Based on a study of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and San Antonio, we examine the ethnic and American identities of U.S. born Mexican Americans, including their abilities and attitudes about the Spanish language and attitudes about immigration. Almost without exception, the American identity of the respondents is constant whereas the strength and meaningfulness of their ethnic background varied by individual and by social context.  We then expound on the concept of the ethnic core to understand how ethnicity may remain strong despite assimilation and how it varies across the population.

Edward TellesEdward Telles
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Social Sciences and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
UCSB Website - Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA)

puce Main books:

  • Pigmentocracies. Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America (2014, UNCPress)
  • Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil (2004, Princeton University Press) [Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association]

puce Selected papers:

  • (with Florencia Torche) "Varieties of Indigeneity in the Americas", Social Forces, October 2018.
  • "Latinos, Race, and the U.S. Census", The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, First Published April 2018.
  • (with Angela R. Dixon) "Skin Color and Colorism: Global Research, Concepts, and Measurement", Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 43, 2017, p. 405-424.
  • (with René D. Flores & Fernando Urrea-Giraldo)  "Pigmentocracies: Educational inequality, skin color and census ethnoracial identification in eight Latin American countries", Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, vol. 40, 2015, p. 39-58.

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