Latino Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 220–245

Excepting/accepting the South: New geographies of Latino migration, new directions in Latino studies

  • Jamie Winders
  • Barbara Ellen Smith
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/lst.2012.17

Cite this article as:
Winders, J. & Smith, B. Lat Stud (2012) 10: 220. doi:10.1057/lst.2012.17


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.


transnationalismraceflexible labornew immigrant destinationsUS SouthLatino migration

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamie Winders
    • 1
  • Barbara Ellen Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuse
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg