Publications

2022
Meylin Gonzales Huamán. 2/9/2022. “Qualified but Rejected Finding a Job as a Venezuelan Immigrant in Peru.” ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America. Publisher's Version
2021
Meylin Gonzales Huaman, Graziella Moraes Silva, and David Sulmont. 12/2021. “Coproduciendo Categorías étnico-raciales: empadronadores en el Censo Nacional de Perú 2017.” Debates en Sociología, 53, Pp. 1-37. Publisher's VersionAbstract

La creciente literatura que analiza la producción de categorías étnico-raciales se ha centrado principalmente en el papel de los estados-nación, los movimientos sociales y las tendencias transnacionales. Los debates institucionales internos que influyen en estos procesos han recibido una atención limitada, y el papel de los empadronadores en particular permanece en gran parte inexplorado. Basado en las entrevistas a profundidad a cincuenta y cuatro empadronadores en el Censo Nacional de Perú de 2017, este documento sostiene que los empadronadores son actores influyentes en la producción de categorías étnico-raciales y pueden ser considerados como burócratas a nivel de calle. En nuestro estudio, las interpretaciones de los empadronadores sobre la pregunta étnico-racial y las categorías enfatizaron dimensiones de raza y etnicidad que aumentaron la probabilidad de que los residentes se identificaran como mestizos. Estos hallazgos sugieren que, a pesar de su papel temporal, los empadronadores son actores importantes en la producción de categorías étnico-raciales en sociedades en las que estas son cuestionadas.

Meylin Gonzales Huaman, Graziella Moraes Silva, and David Sulmont. 2021. “Co-producing Ethnoracial Categories: Census-Takers in the 2017 Peruvian National Census.” Latin American and the Caribbean Ethnic Studies.Abstract

The growing literature that analyses the production of ethnoracial categories has focused primarily on the role of nation-states, social movements and transnational trends. The internal institutional debates that influence these processes have received limited attention, and the role of census-takers in particular remains largely unexplored. Drawing from in-depth interviews with 54 census-takers in the 2017 Peruvian National Census, this paper argues that census-takers are influential actors in the production of ethnoracial categories who can be considered to be street-level bureaucrats. In our study, census-takers’ interpretations of the ethnoracial question and categories emphasized dimensions of race and ethnicity that increased the likelihood of residents to identify as mestizo. These findings suggest that, in spite of their temporary role, census-takers are important actors in the production of ethnoracial categories in societies where these are contested.

2019
Adriana Sierra Leal and Meylin Gonzales Huaman. 11/2019. “Migration, environment and climate change in coastal cities in Indonesia.” Environmental Migration Portal 5 (2). Publisher's VersionAbstract
This policy brief examines the relationship between migration, environment and climate change in coastal areas in Indonesia, where over 70 per cent of the population lives in low-elevation coastal zones (LECZs). Hydrometeorological phenomena – particularly sea-level rise, coastal erosion and flooding – are impacting livelihoods that have remained largely absent from climate-related policy and academic literature of Indonesia. Based on a series of semi-structured interviews with affected individuals and civil society and government representatives, research shows that these phenomena interact with other development challenges – particularly natural resource-dependency and poverty – resulting in detrimental effects on livelihoods in LECZs. While affected individuals and households implement a series of adaptation strategies, these only address immediate and short-term needs, which often only prolong displacement driven by permanent land loss and livelihood disruption. Moreover, affected populations experience a series of barriers to migration, including the availability of land, deteriorating land prices, the lack of financial and social capital, employment opportunities and transferable skills. The brief argues that migration can be a necessary and positive long-term adaptation strategy if well managed and calls for integration of environmental migration into national frameworks for adaptation and broader development plans.
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