Excepting/accepting the South: New geographies of Latino migration, new directions in Latino studies
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- Winders, J. & Smith, B. Lat Stud (2012) 10: 220. doi:10.1057/lst.2012.17
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Two decades of Latino migration to the American South have opened new geographic and theoretical terrain for Latino studies. This article examines what a study of Latino migration to the South can bring to understandings of the complexity of Latino daily life and the field of Latino studies more broadly. We discuss three themes in research on new immigrant destinations in the South: Transnational Latino migrations and translocal daily practices; racialization and the operations of racism vis-à-vis Latino/as; and neoliberal globalization and practices of flexible labor experienced by Latino workers. We conclude by speculating on what new directions the study of Latino experiences in southern destinations offers Latino studies.