Center of Mexican American Studies
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CMAS Plática: Sergio Chávez

“Rooferos”: The Occupational Networks of a Highly Mobile Labor Force

Wed, January 29, 2014 | Meeting Room 1.106, Student Activity Center (SAC), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This plática by Dr. Sergio Chávez (assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University) highlights how a highly mobile labor force of undocumented workers, from one origin community in Guanajuato, draws on family, friends, and paisanos to secure employment in and navigate the roofing industry in the US.

Dr. Sergio Chávez received his B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Chávez has conducted field research in Tijuana and Guanajuato, Mexico and North Carolina on issues related to internal and international migration, including labor markets, social networks and border studies. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript that examines how economic restructuring in northern Mexico, the urbanization of Tijuana, and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border shape the migration patterns and economic behaviors of border residents across time. 

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