PhD. Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology
University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Funding: Postdoctoral placement funded by Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
As part of my stay at the University of Southern California, I will conduct a study on the employment challenges and copying strategies of unauthorized Latino immigrants living with a chronic health condition in the United States. Based on the analysis of personal narratives, and using the concepts of structural and legal violence, structural vulnerability and construction of “illegality” as theoretical underpinnings, I will study the multiple relationships among employment, the production of disease, and the cumulative vulnerabilities that unauthorized Latino immigrants confront in their everyday lives. My main goal is, similarly to what other scholars from the disciplines of medical sociology and anthropology sustain, to uncover how structural violence and vulnerability, aspects that strongly characterize the current transnational and neoliberal economic system, become embodied in the form of suffering and disease.