Investigating intra-ethnic divisions among Latino immigrants in Miami, Florida

MIAMI RESIDENTS HANGING OUT NEAR MURALS IN WYNWOOD HEIGHTS ( IMAGE BY MIAMI EXPERIENCES )

MIAMI RESIDENTS HANGING OUT NEAR MURALS IN WYNWOOD HEIGHTS (IMAGE BY MIAMI EXPERIENCES)

ABSTRACT

The demographic diversification of the Latino population, both in terms of generational change and national origin, calls for the exploration of pan-ethnic Latino intra-group dynamics. These demographic shifts are particularly salient in the Miami Dade County, Florida metropolitan area, making it an ideal case study for investigating pan-ethnic social cohesion and divisions. This article analyzes forty-five semi-structured qualitative interviews with Latino immigrants in Miami from nine nationalities, and seeks to understand how immigrants from various countries perceive social divisions between and among one another, and how these perceptions and prejudices may affect their interactions and, therefore, ideas about pan-ethnic unity. We find the most significant perceived social divisions exist between Caribbean Latinos and continental Latin American Latinos.

CITATION

Mallet, Marie Laure and Joanna M. Pinto-Coelho. 2018.“Investigating intra-ethnic divisions among Latino immigrants in Miami, Florida." Latino Studies 16(1):91-112.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1057/s41276-017-0108-5