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Alexys Monserrat Yong Solís

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Young People with Migration Background, Aspirations and Acquisition of Forms of Capital"

Address
Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Education

Since 05/2019

Research associate in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation'

Since 11/2018

Graduate student in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

08/2013 – 06/2015

Master in Urban Studies, Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), The College of Mexico (COLMEX)

08/2005 – 11/2009

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

 Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Research associate in the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation'

10/2015 – 09/2018

Research assistant at The College of Mexico (COLMEX)

06/2010 – 03/2013

Research assistant at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), The College of Mexico (COLMEX)

02/2010 – 08/2010

Social service at the Center for Sociological Studies, School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Young People with Migration Background, Aspirations and Acquisition of Forms of Capital


Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze, Freie Universität Berlin


In this project, I highlight how social, cultural and economic capitals affect children’s possibilities of succeeding in the presence of migration. The effects of these capitals depend on the contexts, within countries, but also within communities and neighborhoods. For instance, (1) social capital may increase in an intercultural climate within a school, (2) cultural capital may not be stalled when children live in communities where migrants are segregated but have a sense of communality or (3) economic capital of the families might depend on the family migratory status and occupation. Thus, I address three ways in which the specificity of who surround children –at school, at home and in their communities– lead them through different pathways.

Accordingly, the objective of this project is to analyze how children acquire different types of capital in four different levels –individual, school, family and neighborhood– and how this changes or not in the presence of migration background. This analysis may lead to assert whether Mexico (1) acknowledges its diversity and has managed the intercultural coexistence of children with migration background and their families or (2) leaves the migration flows and the incorporation of this population to the daily life dynamics.
The population under study consists of children with and without migration background attending schools in Mexico. It will be needed a sample that fulfils preliminary categories in each context. As methodological basis, I embrace ethnography in this project, which allows me to analyze social networks, identities and activities and to address the different faces of the daily life of children with migration background.

Book chapter

Giorguli Saucedo, S. and Yong Solis, A. M. (2013): "Gestión y legislación en torno a la emigración y el retorno de mexicanos", in: L. M. Valdés (Coord.): Hacia una nueva Ley General de Población, Mexico, Mexico City: Institute for Juridical Research (IIJ), UNAM, pp. 217-234

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