Language, migration and social mobility in Catalonia

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This book presents the results of a research on the integration of second generation migrants in Catalonia. Drawing on in-depth biographical interviews, we demonstrate the link between language and social mobility. Language is a particularly important social issue in Catalonia. A bilingual region in northeast Spain, Catalonia has been receiving foreign migration for several decades. Nowadays, some of the children of those migrants are entering the labor market. For many migrant families, providing social mobility for their children was one of their main goals. What effects does bilingualism have on the social trajectories of migrant children? Is Catalan important for social mobility? The book answers these questions focusing on the fate of three migrant communities: Argentineans, Colombians and Moroccans.     

El libro presenta los resultados de una investigación sobre la segunda generación de inmigrantes en Cataluña. Basado en entrevistas biográficas en profundidad, demostramos el vínculo entre lengua y movilidad social. La lengua es una cuestión particularmente importante en Cataluña. Una región bilingue en el nordeste de España, Cataluña ha estado recibiendo migración extranjera durante varias décadas. Actualmente, algunos de los hijos de esos inmigrantes están entrando en el mercado de trabajo. Para muchas familias inmigrantes, conseguir la movilidad social para sus hijos era uno de los principales objetivos. Que efectos tiene el bilinguismo en las trayectorias de los niños inmigrantes? El Catalán es importante para la movilidad social? El libro responde a estas preguntas centrandose en el destino de tres comunidades inmigrantes: Argentinos, Colombianos y Marroquies.
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Biographical Note

Amado Alarcón (PhD Sociology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2002) is Associate Profesor of Sociology at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). He has published widely in the field of sociology of migration, sociology of work and enterprise and sociolinguistics.

Luis Garzón (PhD Sociology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2006) is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GRIAL (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Latin America) at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has published several papers on the labour market insertion of Latin American migrants. 


Review Quote

"Among the studies that analyse the motives and consequences of leaving the home country or the adjustment or possible marginality in the receiving country due to economic and social reasons, this work adds an interesting axis of language to the factors in both situations. [...]
I find this book definitely useful in Latin American Studies and in any academic programs that concentrate on encounters between two or more cultures."
Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, The Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR), 3(2) • 2013, 110-111

Table of contents

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Notes on authors
Foreword by Carlota Solé

1. Language and second generation in Catalonia, Amado Alarcón and Luis Garzón
2. Social integration of migrants, language and the second generation, Amado Alarcón and Luis Garzón
3. Second generation Argentinean: between mobility and mobilization, Luis Garzón
4. Social mobility and the Catalan labor market. Analysis of second generation migrants from Colombia, Iskra Pavez Soto
5. Second generation Moroccans in Catalonia. Language, employment and social inclusion, Aitor Hernández-Carr
6. Evaluation of social mobility and language in context, Amado Alarcón & Luis Garzón
7. Concluding remarks: the instrumental and symbolic dimensions of the integration of migration, Amado Alarcón & Luis Garzón

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Readership

Professors and researchers in the fields of sociology of migration, sociology of ethnic relationships, sociology of work and sociology of language. All those interested in the link between language and migration.

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