Structural Theory And Transnational Theory Essay

2178 Words Mar 25th, 2016 9 Pages
Introduction The Latino/a migration to the United States that occurred over the course of the last century was a phenomena mired in unfounded speculation because many “experts” struggled to properly explain the reasons for such massive amounts of Latino/a immigration. However, there are three central theories to explain the Latino/a migration to the United States. These three theories are the push-pull theory, structural theory, and transnational theory (Ramirez, 2016). Both the structural theory and transnational theory offer sturdy analysis of explaining the Latino/a migration to the United States. However, I argue the push-pull theory best explains the Latino/a migration to the United States because this particular theory provides a better qualitative and quantitative exploration overall.
Discussion
Before disclosing my argument of the push-pull being the best theory to explain Latino/a migration to the U.S., I will first explain the tenets of both the structural theory and transnational theory. Next, I will explain the shortcomings of these two theories for not being the best explanations for Latino/a migration to the United States. Finally, I will unveil the reasoning behind the push-pull theory being the best explanation for Latino/a migration to the United States. According to Ramirez, the structural theory: “emphasize[s] the history of imperialism as the chief cause of mass migration from specific regions of the world” (Ramirez, 2016). Merriam-Webster’s dictionary…

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