Using the tension between individual agency and structural constraints as its central organizing theme, the discussion situates Latino migrants, and their children, within larger macro economic and geo–political structures that influence their decisions to migrate and their ability to adapt socially, economically, and politically to their new country. It also demonstrates how Latinos continually have shown that through political action they can significantly improve their channels of opportunity. Thus, the book encourages students to think critically about what it means to be a racialized minority group within a majoritarian US political system, and how that position structures Latinos ability to achieve their social, economic, and political goals.
Chapter 2. Latina/o Participation: Individual Activity and Institutional Context
Chapter 3. Mexican Americans: Conquest, Migration, and Adaptation
Chapter 4. Puerto Ricans: from Colonized People to Political Activists
Chapter 5. Cuban Americans: Occupation, Revolution, and Exile Politics
Chapter 6. Dominicans: Political Upheaval, Imperalism, and Transnational Activism
Chapter 7. Central Americans: Inequality, War, and Solidarity
Chapter 8. Conclusion: The Context of Latino Migration and Mobilization
Arlene Dávila, New York University
"Lisa García Bedolla′s award–winningLatino Politics is quickly becoming a classic in its field. Rigorous yet accessible, this updated edition does a masterful job analyzing the rich diversity of Latino populations while also exploring the racialized contexts that bring them together. A must–have book for scholars of Latino politics."
Cristina Beltrán, author of The Trouble With Unity
"In my academic department, Lisa García Bedolla′sLatino Politics has gained the status of sacred text, as we teach our undergraduate students from it religiously. I eagerly awaited the second edition and having read it from start to finish, I can say that it surpassed my expectations."
Adrián Felix, University of California, Santa Cruz