Mobilizing Public Sociology

Scholars, Activists, and Latin@ Migrants Converse on Common Ground


Mobilizing Public Sociology, coedited by Victoria Carty and Rafael Luévano, combines theory and scholarly perspectives with a grassroots approach to challenges that Latin@ immigrants face in the United States. Public sociology calls for scholars and community activists and practitioners to engage in dialogue and to work together in the struggle for social justice. The contributors to this collection—scholars, immigrants, practitioners, and community activists—share their scholarly perspectives and personal experiences on a wide range of issues related to immigration, including deportation and criminalization, undocumented youth and higher education, legislation, and community activism. The collection encourages ongoing collaboration in dealing with some of the most pressing problems affecting our communities with the hope of breaking down barriers and misconceptions. Contributors are: Amelia Alvarez, Fawn Bekam, Victoria Carty, Kristin E. Heyer, Patricia Huerta, Rusty Kennedy, Oliver Lopez, Rafael Luévano, Raquel R. Marquez, Eileen McNerney, Patrick Murphy, Jerry Price, Lisa D. Ramirez, Harriett D. Romo, Suzanne SooHoo, Madeleine Spencer, Daniele Struppa, and Bishop Kevin William Vann.
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Biographical Note

Victoria Carty, Ph.D. (1999), is an activist scholar and associate professor of sociology at Chapman University. She is the author of Social Movements and New Technology (Westview Press, 2015). Rafael Luévano, Ph.D., S.T.D. (1990), is associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at Chapman University and serves as the university’s Roman Catholic chaplain. He is the author of Woman-Killing in Juárez: Theodicy at the Border (Orbis Books, 2012).

Table of contents

PrefaceJerry Price Acknowledgments List of Illustrations List of Contributors IntroductionVictoria Carty with Daniele Struppa, Jerry Price, and Bishop Kevin William Vann

Part 1: Immigrant Oppression and Resistance Movements

1 Collaboration between Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement: Gang Injunctions, Gang Databases, and Immigration ConsequencesAmelia Alvarez and Fawn Bekam 2 Gentrification, Gang Injunctions, and the Impact on Latin@ Communities in Southern CaliforniaMadeleine Spencer and Victoria Carty 3 The Politics of Immigration and a Catholic Counternarrative: A Perspective from the United StatesKristin E. Heyer 4 Embracing the “Other”: Dreamers Navigating Higher EducationHarriett D. Romo and Raquel R. Marquez

Part 2: Immigrants and Community Narratives

5 Latin@ Immigrant Youth in the Age of Mixed Messages: A Perspective on Deferred Action and Unaccompanied MinorsLisa D. Ramirez 6 America’s Love/Hate Relationship with Immigrants and OC Human Relations’ Voice for UnderstandingRusty Kennedy 7 Public Sociology in Action: The Struggle to Assist Undocumented Latin@ YouthEileen McNerney, CSJ 8 Revolution of the Heart: Assisting Migrants in Their Quest for DignityPatrick Murphy, CS 9 A Life’s Pursuit: The Journey to Higher Education of an Undocumented StudentOliver Lopez 10 At the Partnership Table: Bridging Academia and Community through Horizontal DialoguingSuzanne SooHoo and Patricia Huerta Conclusion: The Public Sociology Migrant NarrativeRafael Luévano Index


All interested in the current dialogue, legislation, activism, religion and human rights as well as scholarship surrounding Latin@ immigrants in the United States.