ERG SES D 02, Parallel Session D 02
This paper adopts the capability approach together with the theoretical concept of intersectionality to shed light on the situation of second generation Ecuadorian immigrants in Spain. The capability approach, by highlighting the plurality of well-being and human diversity, presents an invaluable normative framework from which to study the personal and structural situation of young second generation Latin American immigrants in the Spanish society. This research will analyse the participants’ narratives studying the intersectionality of gender, race and class.
The relevance for this research lies on the increasing presence of immigrants in schools, in 2008/9 academic year immigrants represented 10.15 % of the total student population in Spain, compared to 6.64% in 2004/5 and only 2.06% in 2000/2001 (MEC, Spanish Ministry of Education statistics). However, there is a scarcity of studies delving into the context of second generation immigrant in Spain, particularly qualitative studies that take into account immigrants’ perspectives.
This research fills that gap adopting a qualitative approach in order to get a deeper understanding of the experiences and perceptions of race, class and gender, allowing for detailed descriptions of everyday practices. Seeking to explore participant’s perceptions of well-being, biographical narratives give voice to those who are often unheard, providing a useful tool to understand the participants’ subjective tensions and contradictions regarding their experiences. Thus, the aim of the research is to study how the interlocking of race, class and gender, can be articulated through the narratives of young second generation Latin American immigrants in Spain.
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