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Intraregional Migration in Latin America

Psychological Perspectives on Acculturation and Intergroup Relations

Vanessa Smith-Castro (editor) David Sirlopú (editor)
Anja Daniela Eller (editor)
Hüseyin Çakal (editor)

ISBN: 9781433833809

Publication Date: Apr 2021

Format: Paperback

Addresses the psychosocial causes, consequences, and underpinnings of intra-regional migration in Latin America. Contributors offer conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tools for understanding the psychological processes that underlie migration and intergroup contact.
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This book addresses the psychosocial causes, consequences, and underpinnings of intra-regional migration in Latin America.

War, political instability, and disparities in wealth and opportunity have long driven migration within Latin America, and this process shows no sign of slowing. In this book, cross-cultural and social psychologists address the urgent issues that face migrants throughout Central and South America. This includes overt prejudice and discrimination, particularly toward immigrants of indigenous or African-American origin; micro-aggressions; the tendency to positively value fair skin and European surnames; as well as political questions regarding the nature of citizenship and nationhood and links between legacies of colonialism and slavery and present-day inequality.

Contributors offer conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tools for understanding the psychological processes that underlie migration and intergroup contact. Chapters focus on migration between and within countries in Central and South America, including Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil.
Pages 269
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2021
Publisher American Psychological Association
Series Psychology in Latin America
Subject/s Anthropology   Social, group or collective psychology   Migration, immigration & emigration  
  • Foreword, Thomas F. Pettigrew
  • Introduction: Intraregional Migration in Latin America From a Psychological Perspective, Vanessa Smith-Castro, David SirlopÚ, Anja Eller, and HÜseyin Çakal
  • Part I. Intercultural Contact and Acculturation 
  • Chapter 1. South-South Migration in Chile: Well-Being and Intergroup Relations Between Latin-American Immigrants and Host Society Members, MarÍa JosÉ Mera-Lemp, Gonzalo MartÍnez-Zelaya, Marian Bilbao, and Aracely Orellana
  • Chapter 2. Acculturation Strategies and Multicultural Identity in Bolivia: Influences of a Plural Society, Eric Roth and Adriana MÉndez
  • Chapter 3. Acculturation in International Students in Argentina: Factors That Predict Adaptation, Alejandro Castro Solano and MarÍa Laura Lupano Perugini
  • Chapter 4. My Home, My Rules: Costa Rican Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Immigration, Vanessa Smith-Castro, Eugenia Gallardo-Allen, and Mauricio Molina-Delgado
  • Part II. Intergroup Relations and Social Change 
  • Chapter 5. Exploring Discrimination and Prejudice in Education: Contributions From Social Psychology to the Immigrant Phenomenon in Chile, Natalia Salas, Dante Castillo, David Huepe, Luis Eduardo Thayer Correa, and Felipe Kong
  • Chapter 6. Disadvantage, Contact, and Health Among Indigenous People in Mexico and Chile, Anja Eller, HÜseyin Çakal, and David SirlopÚ
  • Chapter 7.  Socio-Ideological Beliefs and Perspective Taking Versus the Two-Headed Dragon:  A Latin American Prejudice Story, as Told in Argentina, Carlos M. DÍaz-LÁzaro, JeremÍas D. Tosi, Luz M. Castro, and Carolina E. Borgeat-Linares
  • Chapter 8. "What Brings Us Together and Sets Us Apart": Regional Identities and Intergroup Relations as the Basis of Peruvian National Identity in Samples from Ayacucho and Lima, Rosa MarÍa Cueto, AgustÍn Espinosa, and Harry Lewis
  • Chapter 9. "They Are Close to Us, but We Are So Different From Them": Prejudice Toward Immigrants and Indigenous Peoples in Brazil, Valdiney V. Gouveia, Rafaella C. R. AraÚjo, and Taciano L. Milfont
  • Conclusion: Implications for Future Research, Vanessa Smith-Castro, David SirlopÚ, Anja Eller, and HÜseyin Çakal
Vanessa Smith-Castro earned her PhD in Social Psychology from Philipps-UniversitÄt Marburg (Germany). She is full professor at the Institute for Psychological Research of the University of Costa Rica. Her research interests are social cognition, intergroup relations, acculturation, and the social psychology of health. 

David SirlopÚ is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Psychology at Universidad del Desarollo (ConcepciÓn, Chile). His research interests are intergroup relations and acculturation processes of Latina America immigrants and majority society. He also conducts research involving respect as recognition in minority groups, and subjective well-being in children and adolescents.

Anja Eller (1974-2019) was professor of Social Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She was broadly interested intergroup relations, intergroup contact, identity and categorization, and embarrassment. 

HÜseyin Çakal holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Manchester and a DPhil in Social Psychology from the University of Oxford. He is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Keele. His research investigates intergroup contact, social identity processes, collective action, and mental health among severely disadvantaged communities.

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