Transborder Violence and Undocumented Youth

Jocelyn Solis

in International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178425
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199958528 | DOI:
Transborder Violence and Undocumented Youth

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This chapter illustrates how cultural-historical theory is a potentially integrative means of analysis in the study of transnational immigration and youth violence. It identifies another negative outcome of globalization: transnationalization of communities in search of financial stability. In particular, it discusses the author's work with the Mexican community in New York, examining Mexican young people's experience of their identity in relation to the identities thrust on them by their political and economic status as undocumented immigrants in the capitalist system of the United States. It argues for the importance of focusing on individual experiences. Psychological analyses can complement sociological and political analyses, and can be incorporated in the study of youth violence and conflict in transnational communities in order to offer specific ideas for intervention.

Keywords: Mexican American youth; youth conflict; undocumented immigrants; immigration; youth violence; social identity

Chapter.  6877 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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