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Global Latin(o) Americanos

Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez and Enrique Sepúlveda III

Publication Date - 03 April 2017

ISBN: 9780199389698

352 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Reorients and decenters traditional ethnic and area studies approaches to Latin America by examining the recent history of Latin America from a diasporic perspective


Global Latin(o) Americanos addresses and reframes a central issue of our time: the challenge of incorporating immigrants into Western societies and economies, which too often frame immigrants as "the problem." How Latino immigrants respond and exercise agency under familiar and unfamiliar global conditions is of critical importance on several fronts, including the health of democratic societies and the diverse expressions of citizenship across the Latino diaspora.

Building on the scholarship of new migratory destinations of people from Latin America and the Caribbean, Global Latin(o) Americanos moves toward studies of diasporic citizenship; this shift not only de-centers U.S.-dominant interpretations, but also places less emphasis on the nation-state and its economic systems as units of analysis. The book includes work by leading scholars of migration in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States. It examines a wide range of intraregional and transoceanic migratory flows and addresses critical themes from several disciplinary perspectives.

About the Author(s)

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez is Associate Professor of History and the founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration (OUP, 2011).

Enrique Sepúlveda III is Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department in the School of Education at the University of Saint Joseph. He was a Visiting Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain for 2013-14.


"This is an excellent book that opens new vistas in the field of migration studies. It covers material that is relatively understudied and discusses the diverse experience of 'global Latinos' in a manner that incorporates historical, sociological, and political themes."--James A. Garza, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"Global Latin(o) Americanos provides a cutting-edge set of provocative essays built around a compelling idea--that Latin Americans migrate many places beyond to the United States--which successfully captures the current fascination with employing a transnational lens to scholarship. This is the best example I know of taking the idea of transnational interconnections and carrying it through to people's lives and choices as they play out geographically. The text breaks new ground and then treads over that ground in cogent comparative cases."--Emily Waklid, Boise State University

Table of Contents

    Mark Overmyer-Velázquez and Enrique Sepúlveda (Editors)

    Maria Cristina Garcia, Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Cornell University

    Introuduction: The Origins and Future of Global Latinos
    Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

    Intraregional Migrations

    1. Out of the Fires: Peruvian Immigration in Post-Pinochet Chile
    Mark Overmyer-Velázquez

    2. Bolivians in Buenos Aires: Human Rights, Immigration and Democratic Participation
    Eduardo J. Vior, Associated Researcher, Universidad de Buenos Aires

    3. Peripheral Migrants: Haiti-Dominican Republic Mobilities in Caribbean Context
    Samuel Martinez, Associate Professor, Anthropology and El Instituto, University of Connecticut

    4. Nicaraguan Immigration to Costa Rica: Tendencies, Policies, and Politics
    Carlos Sandoval-García, Professor, Escuela de Ciencias de la Comunicación Colectiva, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad de Costa Rica

    5. Central American Transmigration through Mexico: Beyond the Border Crisis
    Rodolfo Casillas-R., Professor of History, FLACSO, Mexico

    Transoceanic Diasporas

    6. Between 'Here' and 'There': Transnational Latino/a Youth in Madrid
    Andrea Dyrness, Associate Professor of Education Studies, Trinity College, Connecticut, and Enrique Sepulveda

    7. "They Look Like Us But They Don't Act Like U.S.": The Transnational Experience of Japanese-Brazilians in Japan
    Maxine L. Margolis, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Florida

    8. The Making and Unmaking of a Community of Latino Labor Migrants in Israel
    Adriana Kemp, Professor of Sociology, Tel Aviv University, and Rebeca Raijman, Professor of Sociology, Haifa University

    9. Latino Canadians: A Distinct and Diverse North American Diaspora
    Victor Armony, FQRSC Professor of Sociology, University of Quebec at Montreal

    10. 'Latinos' in Exile: Latin American Political Diasporas and their National and Transnational Struggle
    Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies at Wake Forest University

    Conclusion: Global Latin(o) Americanos: Rethinking Diasporic Membership and Participation
    Mark Overmyer-Velázquez and Enrique Sepúlveda (Editors)



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