Brown University Sociologist Addresses Immigration Issues

Brown University sociologist, Jose Itzigsohn, offered a lecture on his new book to sociology students and others on October 21st.   Dr. Itzigsohn’s talk, “Class, Race and Mobility between Immigrant Generations,” addressed the issue of how well Latino immigrants to the United States are faring economically.  His research demonstrates that Latin American immigrants experience upward mobility, but only for one generation, after which their socioeconomic status stagnates.  Itzigsohn finds that racial inequality is central to understanding the class structure in the United States.”  Unequal educational opportunities play a role in perpetuating class inequality, but given that career advancement is often dependent upon social networks, Itzigsohn concludes that addressing educational issues alone is not likely to solve this problem. 


Dr. Jose Itzigsohn

 A crowd of over sixty attended Dr. Itzigsohn’s lecture in the Coykendall Science Building.  His talk is the second in a series of lectures on the issue of immigration sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and the Department of Sociology.  Dr. Alejandro Portes of Princeton University spoke in September.  Colgate University sociologist, Dr. Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza, is offering a talk titled “Social Networks and Internal Hiring Practices of Hispanic Immigrants in the Hudson Valley” on November 21st at 5:00 in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.  

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