Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 31, 2006 - Law - 339 pages
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Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging focuses specific attention on the meaning and social value of citizenship for both the Latino population as a whole, as well as for the specific national origin groups encompassed by the term Hispanic or Latino. This edited anthology brings together broad theoretical considerations of various aspects of the concept, with discussions of historical and contemporary case studies and issues pertaining to Latinos within contemporary debates on citizenship. The essays are grounded in the complex realities of Latinos' historical and continuing struggles against exclusion. They discuss such issues as access to dual citizenship, multiple national allegiances, transnational political and social participation, as well as their complex political and social status and regional cultural citizenship and loyalties. In so doing, the contributors address broader, fundamental questions about contemporary US citizenship and belonging, including: What does it mean, in the current context of globalization and the consequent changing nature of the state, to belong to a national community of citizens? Who belongs, and how do people experience that belonging today? How do we even know that we belong? Who determines who can and will be part of a national community, and on what grounds? In addressing these questions, the main focus of this anthology is to examine the varied ways that the definition and social value of citizenship are being challenged and reconfigured, both by the different meanings attributed to citizenship by Latinos, as well as by the social movements and transnational initiatives undertaken by Latino citizens and immigrants alike. --Publisher.

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Suzanne Oboler is Associate Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, and editor of the the Journal of Latino Studies (Palgrave).

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