PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
García, Rocío R. 2018. “The Politics of Erased Migrations: Expanding a Relational, Intersectional Sociology of Latinx Gender and Migration.” Sociology Compass 12(4): e12571. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12571
Sociologists of gender and Latina/o migration and Chicana feminist scholars in Chicana/o Studies have made extensive interventions in the academic project of recovering the experiences of women in migration studies across disciplines. I consider these contributions and advocate for an interdisciplinary research agenda that continues expanding relational scholarship by developing the concept of the politics of erased migrations, an analytical tool to theorize why and how the embodied experiences of Latinas are marginalized and misrepresented in academic research. Latinas experience various physical and symbolic migrations—across and within national borders, social and political contexts, identities, academic disciplines, methodologies, and social movements. Yet Latina feminist experiences, knowledge, and political movement largely remain at the margins of these borders. Through a review of prominent research on gender and migration centered on heteronormativity, reproduction, and the nation‐state, I demonstrate the possibilities of the politics of erased migration as a theoretical intervention in expanding a relational, intersectional sociology of Latinx gender and migration. This paper carries implications for shifting the field of Latinx gender and migration from a focus on current oppressive conditions to one that also imagines new avenues for social justice and alternative social worlds.
García, Rocío. 2015. “Normative Ideals, ‘Alternative’ Realities: Perceptions of Interracial Dating Among Professional Latinas and Black Women.” Societies 5(4): 807-830. doi:10.3390/soc5040807
Family types continue to expand in the U.S., yet normative patterns of endogamy and the privileging of nuclear families persist. To understand how professional women of color navigate endogamy and family ideals, I draw on 40 in-depth interviews of professional Black women and Latinas to ask how they construct partner preferences. I find that professional Latinas and Black women prefer same-race, similarly educated partners but report significant barriers to satisfying these desires. Respondents’ experiences with racism, the rejection of ethno-racial and cultural assimilation, gendered racism from men of color, and the college gender gap emerge as mechanisms for endogamous preferences. These preferences resist and support hegemonic family formation, an ideological and behavioral process that privileges, white, middle class, endogamous, heteronormative ideals for families comprising courtship, marriage, and biological childbearing. By challenging the racial devaluation of people of color while preferring the normativity that endogamy offers, the women in this study underscore the fluidity embedded in endogamy.
García, Rocío. 2015. Review of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age, edited by Nilda Flores-González, Anna Romina Guevarra, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang. Labor Studies Journal 39(4): 321-323.
Work Under Review
Gurusami, Susila and Rocío R. García (equal authors). "Zombies, Robots, and Vampires: A Love Letter on Sleeping Through the Politics of Wokeness."
Rage is messy. It can catalyze, stall, and thwart movements for social justice and liberation in various ways. In this essay we explore two manifestations of rage in the Academy as experienced by marginalized scholars: rage amplifiedas co-opted manifestations of wokeness and rage mutedas the policing of academic freedom. As a departure from inclusion, we present an urgent call to wake up and stop sleepwalking toward the dystopian futurities that the Academy built to hem us in. We contend that the various ways in which co-opted wokeness and notions of academic freedom travel across distinctly marginalized communities often reify colonial and carceral logics of punishment antithetical to feminist, abolitionist perspectives. In the spirit of Karida L. Brown’s love letter to Black graduate students (2018) and Cathy Cohen’s (1997) theory of punks, bulldaggers, and welfare queens as central to radical queer politics, we identify a monstrous typology—created by rage amplifiedand rage muted—into which scholars of color are pigeonholed and thus dehumanized: zombies, robots, and vampires. In exploring the qualities and effects of each type, we advocate for reimagining rage as messy but invested in a radical politics of love as accountability and a commitment to building life-affirming institutions. We propose that by channeling our rage into radical love, we not only dream of better worlds, but we can enact a utopian feminist, abolitionist stance that refuses to leave anyone behind.
Work in Progress
García, Rocío R. "Latinx Feminist Politicmaking: On the Messiness of Collective Action."
This article explores the role of intersectional activism in catalyzing social change. It takes up the question: how do marginalized social movement actors use intersectional activism to negotiate difference in organized collective action? This article introduces the concept of politicmaking, a theory of collective action on the margins, to capture a condition in which marginalized communities create imaginaries for seeing and being in the world that focus on intersecting oppressions rendered invisible in non-intersectional politics and discourses, motivated by the need to create messy theories of social life central to affirming their subjectivities, love, knowledge, pain, and joy. To illustrate this lens, this article presents a case study of a coalition campaign led by a Latinx reproductive justice organization to repeal a family caps policy. The article finds that organized action based on difference not only creates political change, but Latinx feminists also use relational meaning-making processes to birth epistemologies that provide fluid understandings of individual and collective identities.