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Latino Millennials (Non)Belonging in a Segregated City: Moving Towards a Spatial Understanding of Microaggressions

 

Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: Latino Millennials (Non)Belonging in a Segregated City: Moving Towards a Spatial Understanding of Microaggressions
GranteeCassaundra Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
Grant Period: January-June 2018

Abstract
While there is substantial research on microagressions (Sue et al. 2007; Sue 2010), there is a critical gap in research analyzing how local space impacts how youth may experience microaggressions. Using an interview sample of 42 Latino millennials in Los Angeles, I find that Latinos experience racial microaggressions when they are in predominantly white neighborhoods and spaces. While many Latino youth grow up in co-ethnic communities, they eventually navigate segregated white space where their Latino identities make them susceptible to racial microagressions, including those about their assumed foreigner or “illegal” status. Ultimately, I propose researchers consider a spatial understanding of racial microagressions.