Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America

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Daniel Arreola
University of Texas Press, Nov 1, 2004 - History - 334 pages
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Hispanics/Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the United States—but they are far from being a homogenous group. Mexican Americans in the Southwest have roots that extend back four centuries, while Dominicans and Salvadorans are very recent immigrants. Cuban Americans in South Florida have very different occupational achievements, employment levels, and income from immigrant Guatemalans who work in the poultry industry in Virginia. In fact, the only characteristic shared by all Hispanics/Latinos in the United States is birth or ancestry in a Spanish-speaking country.

In this book, sixteen geographers and two sociologists map the regional and cultural diversity of the Hispanic/Latino population of the United States. They report on Hispanic communities in all sections of the country, showing how factors such as people's country/culture of origin, length of time in the United States, and relations with non-Hispanic society have interacted to create a wide variety of Hispanic communities. Identifying larger trends, they also discuss the common characteristics of three types of Hispanic communities—those that have always been predominantly Hispanic, those that have become Anglo-dominated, and those in which Hispanics are just becoming a significant portion of the population.

 

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Contents

HISPANIC AMERICAN LEGACY LATINO AMERICAN DIASPORA
13
CONTINUOUS COMMUNITIES
37
THE PLAZA IN LAS VEGAS NEW MEXICO A Community Gathering Place
39
SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF LAREDO TEXAS NEIGHBORHOODS Distinctiveness and Diversity in a MajorityHispanic Place
55
DISCONTINUOUS COMMUNITIES
77
BARRIO UNDER SIEGE Latino Sense of Place in San Francisco California
79
GLOBALIZATION OF THE BARRIO Transformation of the Latino Cultural Landscapes of San Diego California
103
BARRIO SPACE AND PLACE IN SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
125
THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF A PUERTO RICAN NEIGHBORHOOD IN CLEVELAND OHIO
187
LATINOS IN POLYNUCLEATED KANSAS CITY
207
LATINO COMMERCE IN NORTHERN NEVADA
225
SE VENDEN AQUI Latino Commercial Landscapes in Phoenix Arizona
239
HISPANICS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE POULTRY INDUSTRY
255
HISPANIZATION OF HEREFORD TEXAS
277
References
293
Contributors
323

NEW COMMUNITIES
143
CHANGING LATINIZATION OF NEW YORK CITY
145
SOCCER AND LATINO CULTURAL SPACE Metropolitan Washington Futbol Leagues
167

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Daniel D. Arreola is Professor of Geography at Arizona State University.

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