Latinos in a Changing Society (Hardback)
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Latinos in a Changing Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 28/02/2007
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Given the importance of Latino issues in the current social and economic times, the publication of Latinos in a Changing Society is both timely and prescient in its contributions to the current discourse of how Latinos are being influenced by U.S. norms and culture and how Latinos are also affecting U.S. society. This volume contributes to our need for comprehensive analysis of how Latin communities compare and contrast with other underserved groups. It also examines how changes are taking place within specific Latino groups particularly between first and second generation Cubans, returning Puerto Ricans, Dominican poverty, and emergent Mexican leaders in the New England area. The opportunities that Latinos and dominant mainstream interests share are identified in this volume, but so are the many areas in need of change.

In this current atmosphere of anger and suspicion toward immigrants, this volume presents an analytical perspective that is too often absent from politically motivated debates about Latinos and their role in a changing society. Undocumented immigrants are often portrayed as people who come to this country to take advantage of a generous welfare system contributing little to the economic and social development of the country. This volume critically examines issues such as the Latino commitment to labor participation, the ways that Latino parents engage in schools and in their communities, health access and social programs, the policing concerns within the Latino community, the academic adjustments made by Latino college students as well as the educational opportunities that exist for Latinos across the country. Unlike publications that seek to summarize knowledge about the Latino population in the United States, Latinos in a Changing Society provides a broader range of insights into the types of policy analysis, research, and public consciousness needed to advance the educational, social, cultural, and political participation and incorporation of Latinos in the new century. This volume critically examines such issues as the disparity in poverty among Latino groups, the lack of access to health services, the Latino commitment to labor participation, the ways that Latino parents engage in schools and in their communities, and the educational dropout rates of Latinos across the country and the underlying causes of those rates. Unlike publications that seek to summarize knowledge about the Latino population in the United States, Latinos in a Changing Society provides a broader range of insights into the types of policy analysis, research, and public consciousness needed to advance the educational, social, cultural, and political participation and incorporation of Latinos in the new century.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275962333
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 239 x 164 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A central issue that the editors and other contributors to the book explore very effectively is leadership, not only the lack of Latino representation in government, educational istitutions, health care services, and research think tanks, but more interestingly the relevance of ethnic-solidarity and pan-Latino organizations that constitute the underlying forces promoting political participations. This sets Latinos in a Changing Society apart from other studies, ....The collection of critical analyses in Latinos in a Changing Society offers the reader a broad range of original insights into how the new social context is affecting Latino populations and how they are responding to it. The authors....successfully fill in with their studies some of the huge gaps that, unfortunately, are still present in the areas of policy analysis and research on the largest minority group in the country" - Centro
"Rather than summarize information about the Latino population of the United States in general, the authors focus specifically on issues that relate to Dominicans, Mexicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans. Through extensive analytical data often expressed in tables and charts, the authors examine the disparity of poverty, the difficulty of health care and services, labor practices, interaction with communities, and education....This is a valuable book and should be part of any collection that deals with modern immigration." - Multicultural Review
"Eleven essays presented by Montero-Sieburth and Melendez examine how the rapidly expanding Latino population in the United States its impacting American society and some of the more significant social, educational, and legal issues facing Latinos in the US today. An overview of demographic change is followed by individual case studies of Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the United States, Mexicans in New England, and Cubans in Miami. Issue-oriented contributions discuss acculturation and social supports for Latino college students, parent educational involvement among Mexicana/Latina mothers, key issues of policing in the Latino community, Latino access to health and social programs, social networks and Latino immigrants in the labor market, and settlement and incorporation of Latinos in a small town in Massachusetts." - Reference & Research Book News

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