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Latinas/os in the United States

Changing the Face of América

Rodriguez, Havidan, Saenz, Rogelio, Menjivar, Cecilia (Eds.)

2008, XXXVI, 392 p.

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  • Unique from extant books that have focused on the Latino/a population
  • Goes beyond the traditional approach of only focusing on the largest Latino/a groups
  • Has a multidisciplinary focus, which includes the collaboration and contributions of scholars from a diverse number of disciplines

Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América

Edited by Rodríguez, Sáenz & Ménjivar

 

The Latina/o population in the United States has experienced significant and rapid growth during the past decades. Consequently, they have become the largest minority group in the nation. Latinas/os are a mosaic of people, representing different nationalities. They are Mexicans, Hondurans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Dominicans, Panamanians, Guatemalans, Nicaraguans, Peruvians, and Costa Ricans, among others; they are Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims, but they are also atheists, Santeros/as, and Curanderos/as. Many have relatively high and increasing levels of education, but others have low educational attainment and elevated high school attrition rates. They also have experienced significant economic mobility, yet many others are poor and face multiple forms of inequality. Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América explores and expands on these and other critical topics.

This book also addresses important theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of Latinas/os and presents in-depth analyses (both quantitative and qualitative) of substantive issues relevant to this population, including migration, demographic patterns and processes, education, health, citizenship, political participation, religion, gender and sex roles, literary and cultural production, and the media. The authors seek to educate and increase awareness of the diversity that exists among the Latina/o population, and to carefully examine the social, economic, demographic, cultural, and political impacts and contributions that this growing population has had in the United States. The edited volume presents a holistic and multidisciplinary perspective of this group, and it critically documents how Latinas and Latinos have changed and will continue to change the face of América.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Demography - Diversity - Higher Education - Mental Health - Methodology of the Social Sciences - Nation - Public Health - Religious Studies - Transnational - culture - integration - migration - minority - political participation - race

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Theoretical And Methodological Issues Of Latina/O Research.- Theoretical and Methodological Issues of Latina/o Research.- Immigration And Latina/O Incorporation.- New Latino Destinations.- Latino Incorporation in the United States in Local and Transnational Contexts.- The Social Demography Of Latinas/Os.- Demographic Patterns: Age Structure, Fertility, Mortality, and Population Growth.- Through Children's Eyes: Families and Households of Latino Children in the United States.- U.S. Latinos/as and the “American Dream”: Diverse Populations and Unique Challenges in Housing.- Latino Health Paradoxes: Empirical Evidence, Explanations, Future Research, and Implications.- Latino Crime and Delinquency in the United States.- Schooling, Work, And Income Among Latinas/Os.- The Educational Experiences of Latinos in the United States.- Latinos in the United States Labor Market.- Latino/a Entrepreneurship in the United States: A Strategy of Survival and Economic Mobility.- Income, Earnings, and Poverty: A Portrait of Inequality Among Latinos/as in the United States.- Latina/O Culture.- Mapping the Dynamic Terrain of U.S. Latina/o Media Research.- As the Latino/a World Turns: The Literary and Cultural Production of Transnational Latinidades.- Religion and Religiosity.- Redefining Borders: The Latina/O Population In The United States.- Latinos/os (in) on the Border.- Entre Nosotras/os: Theorizing, Researching, and Constructing Cross-Latina/o Relations in the United States.- Beyond Gender Dichotomies: Toward a New Century of Gendered Scholarship in the Latina/o Experience.- Adelante Mujer: Latina Activism, Feminism, and Empowerment.- Latinas and Latinos, Sexuality, and Society: A Critical Sociological Perspective.- Political Mobilization And Participation Among Latinas/Os.- Latino Partisanship, Political Activity and Vote Choice.- Political Orientations and Latino Immigrant Incorporation.- Political Mobilization and Activism Among Latinos/as in the United States.- Unions and the Unionization of Latinas/os in the United States.

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