Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University of Southern California) will be a Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Trento in May-June 2016. Next May 22, at 2.30pm, Pierrette will give a seminar on how Latino and African American men create a sense of place, belonging and civic culture.
How do Latino and African American men create a sense of place, belonging and civic culture through their homo-social gatherings in parks and community gardens, and what is the role of these activities in processes of immigrant integration and
immigrant home-making in historically Black neighborhoods? This presentation will focus on research that I conducted at two urban community gardens in Watts, and two public parks in South L.A. In the last forty years, South Los Angeles (also known as as “South Central”) has transformed from an African American neighborhood to a majority Latina/o locale. At the public parks and urban
community gardens in the area, I find green spaces that are often segregated by race and gender. In this presentation, I seek to explain these developments and identify the commonalities shared by Latino and African American men in these green. The
sociology of immigration has mostly ignored the materiality of the local environment in processes of settlement and immigrant integration, and this paper underscores how plant nature and landscape shape public homemaking for marginalized men in inner-city contexts.