The Transnational “Good Life:” Ecuadorian Social Clubs as Space of Resistance by Linda Jean Hall
The Institute for the Study of the Americas is pleased to announce a new volume in its Studies of the Latin America series:
The Transnational “Good Life:” Ecuadorian Social Clubs as Space of Resistance by Linda Jean Hall offers an ethnographic study of Ecuadorian immigrants’ acculturation and their formation of social organizations. The study serves as pedagogical tool at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that engages traditional and contemporary bodies of intersecting theory inside a comprehensive analysis of empirical evidence. The perspective of the book is that there is room for stories of claimed success in the vast corpus of anthropological literature about migration.
The study chronicles the social club’s commitment to provide support to recently arrived Latin American immigrants–documented and undocumented–despite a rise since 2016 in public and social nativist sentiments and politics. These key informants also provide current information about local efforts between government agencies and other Ecuadorian social clubs to devise strategies that will assure the control of their clubs pass smoothly into the hands of the next generation.
Linda Jean Hall is an activist cultural anthropologist dedicated to serving the educational needs of future generations. Dr. Hall received her doctorate at the University of California Riverside (2017) and she holds three degrees at the University of California Santa Barbara in Spanish, Latin American Studies and Anthropology. As a lecturer at UCLA, UCR and California Polytechnic University, Hall specializes in teaching courses in Anthropology, Chicano Studies, and Global Studies focusing on Science and Technological Studies, ethnography, diasporic transnational immigration, and race and ethnicity.
Hall’s memoir entitled Three Rivers Crossed is an award-winning and official textbook at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to lecturing and doing research, Dr. Hall is developing a non-profit organization that will work with existing campus resources to reduce the attrition of historically vulnerable undergraduate and graduate students.
The Studies in Latin America is an open-access short works series from the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina Press.