Tuesday, May 21 at 3:30pm
Immigrant Integration in a Time of Rising Inequality:
Lessons from California
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and
American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California
This talk offers a picture of the changing nature of the immigrant population and immigrant integration policies in California. I will stress why “immigrant integration” has become a crucial new frame – and how it differs dramatically from traditional models of assimilation and responds more effectively to the shifting nature of the economy. I argue that California offers a perspective on what has gone on and what lies ahead for immigrant America; after all, the Golden State was the arrival point for roughly half of all the immigrants coming into the United States between 1970 and 1990, and was “Ground Zero” for deindustrialization, disequalization, and anti-immigrant fervor in the 1990s. I discuss the contemporary demographics realities and their intersection with economic trends, and discuss what’s next in research, policy, and organizing for both California and the nation.
Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and ocial Change at USC.
Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing lowincome, urban, and immigrant communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His current research culminates in his latest book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future. Pastor also co-edited the book, Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration with John Mollenkopf (Cornell University Press 2016), which offers a comparative study and detailed analyses of immigrant incorporation efforts across seven different U.S. metro regions. He speaks widely on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment.
MultiCultural Center Theater