Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Rocio Rosales, Fruteros

Thursday, February 25 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles examines the social worlds of young Latino street vendors as they navigate the complexities of local and federal laws prohibiting both their presence and their work on street corners. Known as fruteros, they sell fruit salads out of pushcarts throughout Los Angeles and are part of the urban landscape.

Drawing on six years of fieldwork, Rocío Rosales offers a compelling portrait of their day-to-day struggles. In the process, she examines how their paisano (hometown compatriot) social networks both help and exploit them. Much of the work on newly arrived Latino immigrants focuses on the ways in which their social networks allow them to survive. Rosales argues that this understanding of ethnic community simplifies the complicated ways in which social networks and social capital work. Fruteros sheds light on those complexities and offers the concept of the “ethnic cage” to explain both the promise and pain of community.

Rocío Rosales is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

NOTE: This event is being recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. All audience members agree to the possibility of appearing on these recordings by virtue of attending the event or participating in the event. Since this is a webinar, your image will not appear during the session.

Event Type

Webinar

Audience

Students, Alumni, General Public, Faculty, Staff

Tags

futureoflatinos

Cost

Free

Department
Center on Law, Equality and Race
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