Perceived Discrimination among Latino Immigrants in New Destinations: The Case of Durham, North Carolina

TitlePerceived Discrimination among Latino Immigrants in New Destinations: The Case of Durham, North Carolina
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFlippen, Chenoa A., and Emilio A. Parrado
JournalSociological Perspectives
Volume58
Pagination666-685
ISBN Number0731-1214
Accession NumberPMID: 26848208
AbstractThis article draws on original survey data to assess the prevalence of perceived discrimination among Latin American immigrants to Durham, North Carolina, a "new immigrant destination" in the Southeastern United States. Even though discrimination has a wide-ranging impact on social groups, from blocked opportunities, to adverse health outcomes, to highlighting and reifying intergroup boundaries, research among immigrant Latinos is rare, especially in new destinations. Our theoretical framework and empirical analysis expand social constructivist approaches that view ethnic discrimination as emerging from processes of competition and incorporation. We broaden prior discussions by investigating the specific social forces that give rise to perceived discrimination. In particular, we examine the extent to which perceptions of unequal treatment vary by gender, elaborating on the situational conditions that differentiate discrimination experiences for men and women. We also incorporate dimensions unique to the contemporary Latino immigrant experience, such as legal status, family migration dynamics, and transnationalism.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0731121415574397
PMCIDPMCID: PMC4734395