Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 16, 2011 - Political Science - 268 pages
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Latinos constitute the fastest-growing population in the United States today, and Latino political participation is growing rapidly. Still, Latino political power is not commensurate with the numbers, and much potential remains to be tapped. In LatinoPolitics in America, author John A. García examines the development of this vibrant community and points the way toward a future of shared interests and coalitions among the diverse Latino subgroups. This newly revised edition lays out the basic factsof Latino America—who Latinos are, where they come from, where they reside—and then connects these facts to political realities of immigration, citizenship, voting, education, organization, and leadership. García's nuanced portrait of contemporary Latinopolitical life, first published in 2003, has been updated throughout to include data from the 2010 census and the 2008 and 2010 elections.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 An Introduction to Latino Politics
1
Chapter 02 Community Building in Latino America
13
Chapter 03 Culture and Demographics
25
Chapter 04 Latino Subgroups in theUnited States
45
Chapter 05 The Politics of Interest and Culture
63
Chapter 06 Latino Political Participation
77
Chapter 07 Latinos in the Electoral Arena
97
Chapter 08 Latino Organizations and Leadership
123
Chapter 10 Education and Voting Rights
163
Chapter 11 Building Political Alliances
183
Beyond Recognition Politics
209
Notes
225
Glossary
233
References
239
Index
257
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Chapter 09 Immigration and Latino Immigrants
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About the author (2011)

John A. García is Research Professor at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies (Institute for Social Research) at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous journal articles and books and is the coauthor of Latino Lives in America.