Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Demography and immigration views

Interesting article in the NYT about the demography of views on immigration.  In short, older Americans are more restrictionist, and also whiter; younger Americans are more open to immigration, and more racially diverse.

That very different makeup of the young and the old can lead to tensions. Demographers say it has the potential to produce public policy that alienates the young because older people are more likely to vote and less likely to be connected to the perspectives of youth — especially the perspectives of young people of different races and national origins. 
This is not a new phenomenon--the gap between the ages of policy makers and the young is ever-present.  I think a really interesting issue is how the views of this diverse young population changes over time.  By the time they are policy makers, will they automatically retain these views, or will age also make them more skeptical of relatively open immigration policies?


Vicente Duque 9:46 AM  

Video : Big Riot in Arizona University as Professor Sandra Soto of Social Studies speaks against the New Arizona Laws

Professor Sandra Soto speech, University of Arizona, she talks about SB 1070, and ethnic studies during a graduation speech.

Sandra Soto, Ph.D. : Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

Sandra K. Soto is Director of Graduate Studies, Co-coordinator of the Chicana/Latina Studies Concentration, and affiliate faculty of English, Mexican American Studies, and Latin American Studies. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin (with a focus in Ethnic and Third World Literature).

Her interdisciplinary research agenda draws on Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, queer theory, and gender studies to offer innovative approaches to the overdetermined terrain of social relations, cultural representation, and knowledge production. Her book Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire (University of Texas Press, 2010), replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality.

She is currently working on her second book tentatively titled Feeling Greater Mexico, which pursues unlikely connections between critical transnational studies and U.S. ethnic studies and focuses on the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. Her teaching interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, feminist theories, transnational feminisms, critical race studies, US Third World Feminism, and queer theory.

May 16, 2010 — Professor Soto gives a political speech at the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony for the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Commencement Speech


Youth, Minorities, Demography and Politics :


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