Dominican-Americans And The Politics Of Empowerment

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Overview

Aparicio examines the ways first- and second-generation Dominican-Americans in the dynamic northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights have shaped a new Dominican presence in local New York City politics. Through community organizing, they have formed coalitions with people of different national and ethnic backgrounds and other people of color, tackled local concerns, and created new routes for empowerment.

The character of Dominican-American politics has changed since the first large wave of Dominican immigrants arrived in New York in the 1960s. Aparicio shows how second-generation activists, raised and educated in public institutions in the city, have expanded their network to include fellow Dominicans-both in the United States and abroad--as well as other ethnic and racial minorities, such as Puerto Ricans and African-Americans, who share common goals. Offering the perspectives of local organizers and members of Dominican-American organizations, Aparicio documents their thoughts on such issues as education, police brutality, civic participation, and politics. She also explores the ways in which they experience, reflect upon, and organize around issues of race and racialization processes, and how their experiences influence their political agendas and actions.

This new story of immigration and empowerment highlights the complexity of any group's political development, making it useful for students of U.S. Latino and youth culture, as well as scholars of urban studies and politics, race, immigration, and transnationalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813034133
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: New World Diasporas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ana Aparicio is assistant professor of anthropology and research associate for the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has organized with and served on the boards of various Latino, youth, and advocacy organizations in New York and Massachusetts, and is coeditor of Immigrants, Welfare Reform, and the Poverty of Policy.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     viii
Series Editor's Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Scholarly Demarcations: New Typologies     17
El Alto Manhattan: The Setting and Research Context     34
Politics and the Dominican Exodus     55
Setting Down Roots, Expanding Routes     62
The Leadership     95
Race, Identities, and the Second Generation     123
Expanding the Movement     146
Conclusion: Renewing Political Cartographies     161
Notes     175
Bibliography     185
Index     199
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