Migration Narratives

A new book co-authored by Stanton E.F. Wortham, the Lynch School of Education and Human Development Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean, traces a Mexican migrant community’s growth in an American town and the complex relationships that follow. Migration Narratives: Diverging Stories in Schools, Churches and Civic Institutions (Bloomsbury, 2020), the result of 11 years of field research, presents the voices and views of three groups of residents—Irish and Italian American, African American, and Mexican immigrant—who collectively tell a story of how interethnic relations played a central role in newcomers’ pathways, drawing links between the town’s earlier cycles of migration. Co-authored with Briana Nichols, Katherine Clonan-Roy, and Catherine Rhodes, this ethnographic study documents the complexities that migrants and hosts experience and counters the oversimplified picture of migration that can exist in today’s world. Read more in BC News.

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