Latino Immigrants in the United States
February 2012, Polity
A central theme of the book is the tension between the fact that Latino categories are most often assigned from above, and how those defined as Latino seek to make sense of and enliven a shared notion of identity from below. Providing a sophisticated introduction to emerging theoretical trends and social formations specific to Latino immigrants, chapters are structured around the topics of Latinidad or the idea of a pan-ethnic Latino identity, pathways to citizenship, cultural citizenship, labor, gender, transnationalism, and globalization. Specific areas of focus include the 2006 marches of the immigrant rights movement and the rise in neoliberal nativism (including both state-sponsored restrictions such as Arizona’s SB1070 and the hate crimes associated with Minutemen vigilantism).
The book is a valuable contribution to immigration courses in sociology, history, ethnic studies, American Studies, and Latino Studies. It is one of the first, and certainly the most accessible, to fully take into account the plurality of experiences, identities, and national origins constituting the Latino category.
Chapter One: Introduction: Latino Immigrants Claiming Rights
Chapter Two: Latinidades: The Making of Identity and Community
Chapter Three: Pathways to Citizenship
Chapter Four: Cultural Citizenship, Gender, and Labor
Chapter Five: Transnational Identities
Chapter Six: Neoliberalism & Globalization
Chapter Seven: Conclusion: Fronteras Nuevas/New Frontiers
Grace Peña Delgado is Assistant Professor of History at The Pennsylvania State University
- A sophisticated yet accessible introduction to the experiences of Latino immigrant groups in the US - the largest minority group in the US
- Covers topics such as the definition of the ‘Latino’ category, pathways to citizenship, gender, labour and transnationalism.
- Includes interpretation of topical issues such as the immigrant rights movement, recent anti-immigration state legislation, and vigilante hate crime groups.
- Relates diverse Latino experiences to core sociological themes and ideas in order to fully understand the impacts for both immigrants and the US
Rogelio Sáenz, Dean of the College of Public Policy, University of Texas at San Antonio
"In this clear and dramatic account of the challenges and triumph of Latino immigration in the US, Mize and Delgado reveal the dramatic and fascinating dialectic between politics and identity, the national and the local, and an indiscriminate Nativism and the ‘Latinidad' it ironically helped to engender."
Lawrence Taylor, Author of Tunnel Kids and Vice-President for International Affairs at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth
"a timely corrective to the current debates surrounding Latino immigration and does a wonderful job at illuminating the struggles immigrants face. This book will serve as a useful companion to sociologists, political scientists, international economists, historians, and those concerned about one of the most pressing issues of the day."