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Sovereign Parenting in Affluent Latin American Neighborhoods | Interdisciplinary Programs

Mar 22, 2017
4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Linderman Library - 200
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Jenny Chao Office of Interdisiplinary Programs

Latin American Studies - The Independence(s) Series. “Sovereign Parenting” in Affluent Latin American Neighborhoods:  Race, and the Geopolitics of Childcare in Ipanema (Brazil) and El Condado (Puerto Rico) 

Dr. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas
Professor in the Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College and the Department of Psychology (Social Critical Psychology Program) at the CUNY Graduate Center

Drawing from ethnographic research among parents in the affluent neighborhoods of Ipanema in Brazil and El Condado in Puerto Rico, Ramos-Zayas examines how Latin American urban elites recast understandings of race and class in relation to parenting practices. Ramos-Zayas focuses on how parents viewed their relationship with poor, darker-skin women whom they hired to care for their children. Domestic workers enable parents to teach their children social conventions while simultaneously sustaining their privileged status and whiteness.

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