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