When families immigrate to the US, they may come together or in several stages. These moves constitute a major disruption along their members’ developmental paths and a dramatic change in the social and economic context of their demographic behaviors. Given the complexity of these trajectories -- involving joint interactions among duration of schooling, family formation, fertility, and engagement with the labor market -- this is an area of research that will benefit from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Three important approaches to framing this complex set of processes include life course theory from social psychology/sociology; life cycle theory from economics; and heterodox perspectives focused on place, exposure, and timing from geography.
The goal of the conference is to bring together leading and new researchers on family immigration working in a number of disciplinary perspectives, with a view to forging links that will yield new collaborative research. To this end, the format will schedule ample time for informal interactions.
Carola Suarez-Orozco "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status"