Research : Human Geography
The International Population Center was organized in 1985 to promote applied demographic research and to provide demographic technical assistance and consulting, focusing especially on population issues along the U.S.-Mexico Border, as well as elsewhere in the world. It is a "virtual" center drawing as needed upon the physical resources of the Department of Geography (especially CESAR) and upon faculty associates elsewhere in the University (especially in the departments of Economics, Sociology, and the Graduate School of Public Health).
The Population Association of America (PAA) was conceived on December 15th, 1930 at a meeting in the office of Henry Pratt Fairchild at New York University. The PAA was an offshoot of the American National Committee of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) which had been formed in 1927 with Raymond Pearl of The Johns Hopkins University as its first President.
Young People as Agents of Change: The Experiences of New Immigrant Families in a Border Community
This project examines how children and young people act as agents of change with regard to the community involvement and civic participation of new immigrant families. Through data collection in a suburb of San Diego, California, which includes a survey of 300 adult-child dyads and detailed case studies of 30 households, the project will analyze whether and how young people are creative agents of change that connect adults with institutions of the public sphere, introducing families to new relations and situations beyond the realm of the private sphere of the home. The goals of the project are to uncover different pathways and strategies that immigrant adults develop and follow as a result of their interaction with children and young people in their communities. By analyzing how young people exert a continual and subtle influence on the knowledge and perspectives of immigrant adult family members, this project will advance knowledge of the way immigrant families overcome barriers to assimilation and become involved in their communities. This project contributes to current scholarly and policy debates regarding the civic and community incorporation of immigrants in the contemporary United States. For more information about this new research project, please contact Dr. Stuart Aitken and/or Dr. Fernando Bosco.