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  • Author(s):
    Erin Jelm
    Abstract:

    Grounded in extensive literature review and primary ethnographic research in the Mexican immigrant community. Explores the role of social networks as essential sources of support and generators of social capital for Latino immigrants as they adjust to life in the United States. Whereas in U.S. “American” culture, kinship is defined as biogenetic, Latino culture is characteristically more flexible with its interpretation. “Family” includes extended relatives and even close …

    Date Published:
    2010-05-01
    Date Created:
    2010-05-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Kyla Wargel, Molly Sammon
    Abstract:

    Examines how Mexicans and other Latinos adapt to living in South Bend through the discussion of various assimilation processes, in particular changing family, social, and gender roles. Analyzes immigrant youth and violence and various programs aimed at violence reduction and reformation. Provides an overview of Latinos participation in varying social settings such as church, medical, and education services.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Ashleigh Renteria, Vanessa Adjei
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    Focuses on the concept of immigrant generation as a way of examining transnationalism, assimilation and acculturation across first, second and third generation Mexicans. Explores the relationship of generation to educational achievement, income, wealth, food culture and religious observance.

    Date Published:
    2010
    Date Created:
    2010-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Erika Daley, Christine Hall
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    Describes the healthcare needs and obstacles to access facing Latinos nationally and in South Bend. Focuses on language and financial barriers to healthcare. Informs healthcare practitioners about some of Mexicans’ popular healthcare beliefs and practices. Reports on culturally and linguistically sensitive diabetes outreach programs of two local hospitals. In English and Spanish.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Victor Cruz, Jr., Stephen Oliva
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    Discusses varying documentation status within Latino families and the differing coping mechanisms within these heterogeneous families. Examines how political discourse is used to vilify immigrants. Presents various policy implications to the current immigrant reality and underscores these policies with personal undocumented immigrant narratives.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Claire Podgorski, Carolyn Rumer
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    Explains how the arduous requirements to become an authorized immigrant in the United States, the huge backlog of immigrant petitions and the number of years it takes to complete the process deter many migrants from even applying. Provides list of immigrant categories. Describes the empowering experiences of some who succeeded and went on to become naturalized citizens. Based on research in an immigration law office and participant observation and tutoring at a citizenship class.

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Katharine Feeley, Erin Jelm
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    Looks at changing definitions of family within Latino families, including an erosion of gendered roles in Latino homes and a shift toward more traditional nuclear families separate from traditional Mexican tendencies to live among extended family members after marriage. Study is based on interviews with various immigrant couples from D.F., Mexico at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, IN. Findings indicate a strong focus on collectivism, respeto, and confianza among married couples in the U.S. …

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Jenna Knapp, Alicia Quiros, Brianna Muller
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    Addresses gender roles in Latino families and the effect immigration, social networks, and labor markets have in shifting traditional gender roles. Explains spatial identities in traditional Mexican families and the division of me and women in the home. Notes the modernization of the Mexican household and increased female autonomy due to immigration. Draws from personal interviews and previous research on the topic.

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Edwin I Hernández, Michael Mata, Marciana Popescu, Guillermo Grenier, Rebecca Burwell, Aida Ramos, Milagros Peña, Jeffrey Smith
    Abstract:

    Results of a survey of faith-based organizations serving Latinos/as in four metro areas, which provide education, job training, advocacy, immigration, help, services for family, youth and children and healthcare. Documents concrete impacts capacity-training projects have on the organizational development and infrastructure of community-serving organizations.

    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Martha Zurita
    Abstract:

    Analyzes U.S. Census data to highlight major demographic changes from 1990-2000 in Metropolitan Chicago and Illinois. Examines implications for delivery of quality educational, health, and social services to school-aged children.

    Date Created:
    2003-05-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Sandra del Toro, Silvia Villa, Sylvia Puente, Berenice Alejo
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    A report on new Latino settlement in suburban Chicago towns of Melrose Park, Bellwood, Stone Park, Maywood, and Northlake sponsored the Community Alliance a volunteer coalition working on behalf of the growing Latino population. Examines issues of poverty, language, and housing. Based on data from American Community Survey and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

    Date Created:
    2010-12-01
    Resource Type
    Report