The CIS presents "Generaciones excluidas", [Generations of Exclusion], a classic work on integration and ethnicity

The Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS) presented "Generaciones excluidas: mexicano-estadounidenses, asimilación y raza", by Edward Telles and Vilma Ortiz, on 10 June at the Madrid Book Fair.

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The presentation, which was attended by the President of the CIS, Ramón Ramos; one of the authors of the work, Edward Telles, and Professor of Sociology, Antonio Izquierdo, highlighted the originality of the work, not only with regard to its methodological approach but also its important conclusions.

Edward Telles and Vilma Ortiz, professors of sociology at the universities of Princeton and California, respectively, outline a series of institutional barriers, such as the shortfalls of the education system and persisting discrimination, to explain why the integration of the youngest generations has come to a halt, and they propose a series of measures which could restart this process.

A fortuitous finding was the starting point for this innovative analysis, which shows how the economic and educational progress of immigrants of Mexican origin in the United States has come to a halt in the second generation.

In his presentation, Antonio Izquierdo, professor of sociology at the University of A Coruña and Director of the Research Team on Sociology of International Migration, underlined the need to reconsider our view of integration and immigration policies in light of the disheartening results of this cross-generational research. "This is a key text in fields such as stratification, ethnicity and comparative policies on the integration of immigrants and their children in Europe and the United States", asserted Izquierdo.

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