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Leading sociologist Alejandro Portes analyses adaptation of second generation of immigrants in Spain

In the context of the University of Alicante celebrations of the Day of Sociology on Friday, 17 March 2017



Alicante. Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Sociology is an exciting science which strives to understand how human societies are made up and organised, to diagnose and prevent social problems, and to explain and predict the collective behaviour in many areas, such as the business industry, public administration and non-governmental organisations and non-profit entities.  With this in mind, in order to disseminate the work being done in this field, the University of Alicante Faculty of Economic & Business Sciences and the Faculty of Education, along with the Department of Sociology I and the Department of Sociology II, will celebrate the Day of Sociology at the assembly hall of the Lecture Building, on Friday, 17 March 2017 at 10 am.

This year's programme is focused on education and social integration with the participation of leading sociologist Alejandro Portes, also emeritus professor by the University of Princeton and the University of Miami, member of the USA National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Sociological Association

As a world leader in immigration, Porter's speech will deal with the daughters and sons of immigrants resident in Spain and the methodology and results of his latest study “Spanish Legacies: the Coming of Age of the Second Generation”, published in 2016 by University of California.

Portes' research has analysed the process of adaptation to recipient countries both in the United States and in several European countries, focusing on the integration of the second generation. In his opinion, Spain is a leading country in terms of immigration that can serve as an example to other countries due to "its welcoming society, which does not have a model of integration, but in which there is no general tendency of discrimination to immigrants, perhaps because of the Spaniards having been emigrants not that long ago".

Born in Havana (Cuba), Alejandro Portes is one of the most relevant Spanish-speaking sociologists and leading author on the analysis of migrations and economic sociology. Author of over 36 books and a good number of articles and chapters published in the higher impact journals. Amongs his most relevant book are América inmigrante (with R.G. Rumbaut, Anthropos, 2010) Economic Sociology: A Systematic Inquiry (2010), published in Spanish by CIS in ts collection “Contemporary Classics” in 2014.

The University of Alicante Day of Sociology 2017 can be followed live via this  link


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