Latinos in a Changing Society

Latinos in a Changing Society

by Martha Montero-Sieburth, Edwin Meléndez

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Overview

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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275962333
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Martha Montero-Sieburth is Associate Professor, Graduate College of Education, Department of Leadership in Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Edwin Meléndez is Professor, Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, The New School.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: The Changing Demographics of Latinos

Chapter 1 The New Nativism and Latinos in a Changing Society

Chapter 2 Living on the Margins of Society: Dominicans in the United States

Chapter 3 The "Si Se Puede" Newcomers: Mexicans in New England

Chapter 4 There are Cubans, There are Cubans and There are Cubans: Comparison of Ideological Tendencies of Cuban-Americans in the South Florida Area, Evidence from the FIU Cuba Poll 2004

Chapter 5 Changes in the Characteristics of Puerto Rican Migrants to the United States

Part II: The Changing Social Issues Affecting Latinos

Chapter 6 Latino College Students' Adjustment: The Influence of Familism, Acculturation and Social Supports

Chapter 7 Mexicana/Latina Mothers and Schools: Changing the Way we View Parent Involvement

Chapter 8 Policing the Latino Community: Key Issues and Directions for Future Research

Chapter 9 Cracking the Safety Net: Latina/o Access to Health and Social Programs in the Post-Welfare Era

Chapter 10 The Latinization of Lawrence: Migration, Settlement and Incorporation of Latinos in a Small Town of Massachusetts

Chapter 11 Social Networks and Latino Immigrants in the Labor Market: A Review of the Literature and Evidence

Index

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