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Alexys Monserrat Yong Solís

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

PhD Candidate


Project: "Young People with Migration Backgrounds – Aspirations and the Acquisition of Different Forms of Capital"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

Associated PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

Since 11/2018

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

08/2013 – 06/2015

Master of Arts (Maestría) in Urban Studies, Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), El Colegio de México

08/2005 – 11/2009

Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Sociology, School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 

 Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

10/2015 – 09/2018

Research assistant, El Colegio de México

06/2010 – 03/2013

Research assistant, Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), El Colegio de México

02/2010 – 08/2010

Social service, Center for Sociological Studies, School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 

Young People with Migration Background – Aspirations and the Acquisition of Different Forms of Capital

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, Alexys Montserrat (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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