The UNM Southwest Hispanic Research Institute sponsors a discussion about an important recent book in Chicano/a Studies, on Friday, Sept. 17 from 2-4 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A. The book is "Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race" by Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz, published by Russell Sage in 2008.



Ortiz is a sociology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more than 20 years she has studied the socio-economic experiences of Latinos in the U.S., focusing both on specific Latino groups as well as comparative studies with other racial/ethnic groups.

Telles is a sociology professor at Princeton University. He received the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, the Otis Dudley Duncan Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the American Sociological Association for his 2004 book Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil.

"Generations of Exclusion" uses rare longitudinal and inter-generational data to examine Mexican American social integration across a wide number of dimensions: education, English and Spanish language use, socioeconomic status, intermarriage, residential segregation, ethnic identity, and political participation. Based on a study of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and San Antonio, the authors conclude that Mexican Americans do not fit traditional models of assimilation and face substantial institutional barriers to social inclusion in the U.S.

"Generations of Exclusion" has been awarded the Otis Dudley Duncan Award and the Latino Section Award from the American Sociological Association.

Books will be available for purchase and a small reception and opportunity for book signing are set after the talk.

In addition to SHRI, other sponsors of this event are the College of Arts & Sciences, RWJF Center for Health Policy and the UNM Bookstore.

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