Monthly Archives: November 2011

3 More Articles Worth Checking Out about Immigration and Service

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d’Arlach, Lucía,  Rachel Feuer and Bernadette Sánchez. “Voices from the Community: A Case of Reciprocity in Service-Learning.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Fall 2009): 5-16. Web.  3 November 2011. 

In this article, a phenomenon that I am extremely in support of mutual exchange is described. The qualitative study that observes the exchange between nine community members and university students is based on Freire’s theory of critical consciousness. In this study, the nine community members participate in an “Intercambio” a service-learning, language exchange program. The Latino immigrants are told to teach their English-speaking university student partner their native language and culture. Intercambio supports Freire’s theory. Some of the findings of the study are that the views of the community members change. They have a greater sense of self and confidence, they view the university students differently as well. They go from admiring them to seeing them as equals. Their views on social issues also change. These results depict the benefits of service learning class formats where community members can also have “expert roles”. The ultimate finding is that knowledge is multidirectional as well as co-created. This helps reaffirm my belief that service is more a mutual exchange where both parties have the opportunity to grow, learn and prosper than a one-sided handout. I thought the article shed light on some unfortunate issues, like why some universities shy away from service learning classes out of fear that the students will complain to their parents that their tuition money is being used to be taught by former inmates, undocumented immigrants, etc. Although I can see that as a real scenario, to a certain degree, I think those examples of experience can be extremely valuable in discovering the human condition and better understanding the faults in the system, contemporary social problems, etc.

Branton, Regina P. and Johanna Dunaway. “Spatial Proximity to the U.S.-Mexico Border and Newspaper Coverage of Immigration Issues.” Political Research Quarterly 62. 2 (2009): 289-302. JSTOR. Web. 3 November 2011.

This article assesses the effects of geographic proximity to the US-Mexico border on newspaper coverage on immigration problems and issues. The article seeks to answer two fundamental questions. It asks whether media organizations that are closer to the border offer more frequent coverage on Latino immigration than those who are further away from the border and it also seeks to know whether that coverage is more negative closer to the border than the coverage by media organizations located further away from the border. This article determines that news organizations closer to the border release more articles about Latino immigration and tend to have more negative views of immigration (and feature more negative aspects of Latino immigration) and articles that also talk about illegal immigration. Since I am looking to do a project in Miami on immigration I wanted to get a better sense of what local cultural conditions and views on immigration maybe be like, considering the influence of the media. Since this article is specifically about conditions near the US-Mexico border it isn’t specifically applicable. I also wonder if the already significant population of Latinos in a place like Miami would affect news coverage. I wonder if the integration of immigrant populations in all spheres of work in a city would change this overall dynamic based on region and power of immigrant communities in a city.

Calhoun, Charles A. and Thomas J. Espenshade. “An Analysis of Public Opinion toward Undocumented Immigration”. Population Research and Policy Review 12.3 (1993): 189-224. JSTOR. Web. 3 November 2011. 

This article examines public opinion towards illegal immigration in the United States. Although this article is a little outdated and pertains more to immigration through the US-Mexico border, I still think it provides value since it gives historical context of the issue. I can compare how the view has changed in that past 20 years.