|Monday, June 18, 2018||12:00PM - 2:00PM||023N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place|
The recent growth of mixed unions between immigrants and natives in Spain has brought about a significant increase in the number of mixed-race and multiethnic individuals in the country, particularly in Catalonia, a region that has reached a level of “super-diversity” and ethnocultural “mixedness” that compares with that of traditional countries of immigration. However, little research has been conducted on the identity processes of these multiracial children and youth, specifically regarding their experiences of social inclusion/exclusion. Drawing on data from various recent and ongoing research projects conducted in Spain by the Research Group on Immigration, Mixedness, and Social Cohesion (INMIX), this lecture aims to clarify the relationship between mixed couples/descendants and social integration. After outlining the context of immigration and mixedness in Spain from a demographic point of view, this presentation will offer research results on mixed-race/multiethnic youth in Catalonia, focusing on identity, sense of belonging, and experiences of discrimination. Within this discussion, concepts and discourses of “nation” and “national identity” in the Catalan and Spanish context will also be explored. The lecture attempts to highlight the socially transformative value of mixedness, while warning about the persistence of racialized divisiveness that hinders social inclusion and cohesion.
About the Speaker:
Dan Rodríguez-García is Serra Hunter Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Research Group on Immigration, Mixedness, and Social Cohesion (INMIX) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He was the Guest Editor for The ANNALS’ 2015 Special Issue “Intermarriage and Integration Revisited: International Experiences and Cross-disciplinary Approaches” and is currently guest editing a Special Issue for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on multiracial and multiethnic individuals. He is the PI of the funded R&D project “Social Relations and Identity Processes of Children of Mixed Unions: Mixedness, Between Inclusion and Social Constraints (MIXED_YOUTH).”
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