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Immigrant Citizenship: The Interactions of Immigrants with Public Prenatal Care in New York City and the Paradox of Belonging

Immigrant Citizenship: The Interactions of Immigrants with Public Prenatal Care in New York City and the Paradox of Belonging
15 Devonshire Place, Rom 200
Time: Oct 19th, 12:00 pm End: Oct 19th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Urban, United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Political Science, Latin American, Diaspora/Transnational, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000
Lecture by Alyshia Galvez

The Latin American Studies Program's Luncheon Series is pleased to present:

Alyshia Galvez, Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, Lehman College

Immigrant Citizenship: Interactions of Immigrants with Public Prenatal Care in New York City and the Paradox of Belonging

 
The lecture examines the purported cultural advantage of Mexican immigrant women in pregnancy and childbirth and the puzzle identified by epidemiologists as the “birth-weight paradox.” This is a subset of the “immigrant paradox,” in which first-generation immigrants have more favorable health indicators, by some measures, than their U.S.-born counterparts (Forbes and Frisbie 1991; Landale, Oropesa, and Gorman 1999; Rumbaut and Weeks 1996), and of the “Latino health paradox,” in which Latinos demonstrate an advantage over other groups on a number of health indicators (Alegría et al. 2008; Escobar and Vega 2006; Fuller et al. 2009; Taningco 2007; Vega, Rodríguez, and Gruskin 2009).

We look at two interrelated phenomena associated with the birth-weight paradox: first, the practices engaged in by Mexican immigrants to care for their pregnancies and, second, the decline of those practices, which it becomes clear is not a slow erosion but a rapid shedding that can be expected to have deleterious effects over time. This study examines women’s experiences during pregnancy and childbirth both before and after migration and the ways they negotiate the advice and care they receive in public prenatal clinics.

About the Presenter:
Alyshia Gálvez is associate professor and director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies at Lehman College, Bronx, New York. She is a cultural anthropologist (PhD, NYU 2004) whose work focuses on the efforts by Mexican immigrants in New York City to achieve the rights of citizenship. She joined the Department of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/CUNY in the Fall of 2007. Her first book, Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants, was released in 2009 and her second book, Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care and the Birth Weight Paradox, was released in 2011. She is also the faculty advisor for the Lehman College D.R.E.A.M. Team.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please click HERE.

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