ERIC Number: ED471923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Latinos in the South.
Shaw, Emily Elliott, Ed.
Southern Perspectives, v6 n1 Fall 2002
This newsletter theme issue contains five articles about the growing Latino population in the South and its impact on communities, particularly in rural areas. "Social Capital of Mexican Communities in the South" (Ruben Hernandez-Leon, Victor Zuniga) argues that, to understand and advocate for Mexican newcomer communities in the South, scholars, educators, and human services workers should take into account the social capital, funds of knowledge, and other resources that immigrants bring with them. The case of Dalton, Georgia, where Latino students now comprise half the school population, shows how Mexican immigrants with a lengthy migratory experience in the United States are transplanting social networks, experiences, and knowledge accumulated elsewhere in their migration to ease their adaptation to their new community. "Latino Immigration to Arkansas: Saints and Salsa Meet Poultry and Protestants" (Deborah O. Erwin) draws on interviews in three rural Arkansas counties to describe how Latino immigrants are integrating into rural communities and school systems, how local residents are responding, and how newcomers are interacting with the health care system. "Camas Calientes" (hot beds--housing conditions so crowded that people sleep in shifts) (Jorge H. Atiles, Stephanie A. Bohon) reports on poor housing conditions in four rural Georgia counties with large Latino populations. Inability of low-income Latinos to improve their housing conditions was exacerbated by a housing shortage and by low levels of literacy and English proficiency. Other articles are"Social Networks and Affordable Housing: The Case of Bonita Springs, Florida" (Javier Stanziola) and "Tree Planting and Guest Worker Programs: The Growing Importance of Immigration Policy on the Rural South" (Josh McDaniel). (SV)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Community Change, Community Relations, Forestry Occupations, Hispanic Americans, Housing Deficiencies, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Mexican Americans, Migrant Workers, Population Trends, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Social Capital
For full text: http://srdc.msstate.edu/publications/fallsp02.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State.