Harney Lecture Series: "Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation"

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Friday, March 27th, 2020

Friday, March 27, 20202:00PM - 4:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A7
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Immigrants’ greatest legacy involves their children. Born or raised in the United States, this second generation now stands over 20 million strong. In this book, immigration scholars Renee Luthra, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger provide a new way of understanding the second generation, bringing origins and destinations into view.

Using surveys of second generation immigrant adults in New York and Los Angeles, this book explains why second generation experiences differ across national origin groups and why immigrant offspring with same national background follow different trajectories. Inter-group disparities stem from contexts of both emigration and immigration.

Diversity also appears among immigrant offspring whose parents stem from the same place. Immigrant children grow up with homeland connections, which can both hurt and help. Though all immigrants enter the U.S. as non-citizens, some instantly enjoy legal presence, others spend years in the shadows; those at-entry differences yield long-term effects. Disentangling the sources of diversity among today’s population of immigrant offspring Origins and Destinations provides a new framework for understanding the second generation that is transforming America.

Speaker bio:
Roger Waldinger is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration.
He has worked on international migration throughout his career, writing on a broad set of topics, including transnationalism and homeland ties, labor markets, assimilation, the second generation, high-skilled immigration, immigration policy, and public opinion.
Waldinger has published nine books, most recently The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands (Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 2015); A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and their Homeland Connections (co-edited with Nancy Green; University of Illinois Press, 2016); and Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation, co-authored with Renee Luthra and
Thomas Soehl (Russell Sage Foundation Press: 2018). His current research concerns the acquisition of citizenship and the development of national identity among immigrants and their descendants.

Event hosted by Prof. Tahseen Shams, Department of Sociology.


Roger Waldinger
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration

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