While so many Latino/Chicano Americans struggle in pursuit of the 'American dream', while figures such as Donald Trump are accepted in mainstream politics, and scaremongering and paranoia is rife, the need for a vivid, empirically grounded study on Latino politics, culture and society has never been greater.
The Latino Question fulfils this need, offering a cutting-edge analysis of the transformative nature of Latino politics in the US. In a radical alternative to dominant ideas, the authors emphasise the importance of political economy for understanding Latino politics, culture and social issues. It draws from original research and a number of critical traditions including the thought of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci, to understand the politics of race and ethnicity in a modern capitalist society.
Including case studies of how Latino/Chicano communities across the US are not only resisting, but also reinventing and transforming ethnic politics in the age of neoliberalism, this book is required reading for all those hoping to understand the 'Latino question' in contemporary America.
Armando Ibarra is an Associate Professor in the School for Workers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the co-author of The Latino Question (Pluto, 2018) and co-editor of Man of Fire: Selected Writings of Ernesto Galarza (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty Member in Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. He is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Economic Democracy. His articles have appeared in Latin American Perspectives and Ethnicities. He is the co-author of The Latino Question (Pluto, 2018). Rodolfo D. Torres is Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy and Director of the Latino Urban Theory Lab at the University of California, Irvine. He is the co-author of The Latino Question (Pluto, 2018), amongst many other works.
Introduction 1. Mexican Mass Labour Migration in a Not-So Changing Political Economy 2. Hegemony, War of Position and Workplace Democracy 3. Poverty in the Valley of Plenty: Mexican Families and Migrant Work in California 4. Racism, Capitalist Inequality and the Cooperative Mode of Production 5. Working but Poor in the City of Milwuakee: Life Stories 6. Feasting on Latina/o Labour in Multicultural Los Angeles 7. Latino Futures? Cultural Political Economy and Alternative Futures References