As the major driver of U.S. demographic change, Latinos are reshaping key aspects of the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of the country. In the process, Latinos are challenging the longstanding black/white paradigm that has been used as a lens to understand racial and ethnic matters in the United States. In this book, Saenz and Morales provide one of the broadest sociological examinations of Latinos in the United States. The book focuses on the numerous diverse groups that constitute the Latino population and the role that the U.S. government has played in establishing immigration from Latin America to the United States. The book highlights the experiences of Latinos in a variety of domains including education, political engagement, work and economic life, family, religion, health and health care, crime and victimization, and mass media. To address these issues in each chapter the authors engage sociological perspectives, present data examining major trends for both native-born and immigrant populations, and engage readers in thinking about the major issues that Latinos are facing in each of these dimensions.
The book clearly illustrates the diverse experiences of the array of Latino groups in the United States, with some of these groups succeeding socially and economically, while other groups continue to experience major social and economic challenges. The book concludes with a discussion of what the future holds for Latinos. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students, social scientists, and policymakers interested in Latinos and their place in contemporary society.
Rogelio Saenz is Peter Flawn Professor of Demography and Dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas, San Antonio Maria Cristina Morales is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, El Paso
1 Introduction 2 The Diverse Histories of Latinos 3 Historical and Contemporary Latino Immigration 4 The Demography of Latinos 5 Political Engagement 6 Education 7 Work and Economic Life 8 Families 9 Religion 10 Health and Health Care 11 Crime and Victimization 12 Mass Media 13 Conclusions