Immigration

Overview

Immigration is a topic on the minds of a large portion of Americans. In 2006, a series of large marches and political debates shook the nation to the core. With the 2008 presidential campaign under way, the controversy is alive and well. However, it is essential to approach it in an informed, balanced fashion, and the material presented in this volume is designed to accomplish the task. To what extent are immigrants from Mexico and Central America different from their predecessors from say Italy, Poland, and ...

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Overview

Immigration is a topic on the minds of a large portion of Americans. In 2006, a series of large marches and political debates shook the nation to the core. With the 2008 presidential campaign under way, the controversy is alive and well. However, it is essential to approach it in an informed, balanced fashion, and the material presented in this volume is designed to accomplish the task. To what extent are immigrants from Mexico and Central America different from their predecessors from say Italy, Poland, and Finland? Is the process of assimilation expected to be as successful today as it was a century ago? Has globalization changed the perspective of newcomers, making them remain loyal for a longer period of time to the place once called home? In what way is the Spanish language helping or impeding that assimilation?

This volume features the most significant articles including peer-review essays, interviews, and reviews to bring together the best scholarship on the topic. Ten signed articles, essays, and interviews are included in the volume. Also featured is an introduction by Ilan Stavans, one of the foremost authorities on Latino culture, to provide historical background and cultural context; and suggestions for further reading to aid students in their research.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Immigration focuses on Latino immigration, culture and issues and provides a powerful examination of many different considerations and immigrant experiences across the country. From political and social misrepresentations of immigrants to experiences of immigrants, this focus on the Latino cultural experience in America is a 'must' for any high school to college-level library strong in Latino issues."

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MBR: The Bookwatch

"…provides a powerful examination of many different considerations and immigrant experiences across the county. From political and social misrepresentations of immigrants to experiences of immigrants, this focus on the Latino cultural experience in America is a 'must' for any high school to college-level library strong in Latino issues."

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Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348020
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2008
  • Series: Ilan Stavans Library of Latino Civilization Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans

ILAN STAVANS has been called "the czar of Latino culture in the United States" by the New York Times and "Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast" by the Washington Post. Savans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Latino Literature Prize, the Antonia Pantoja Award, Chile's Presidential Medal, and the Ruben Dario Distinction. He earned an Emmy nomination as host of the PBS show La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans. He has taught at Columbia University, Oberlin College, and Smith College, among other institutions. He is the author of numerous titles, including Encyclopedia Latina (2005) and the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latin Music.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Ilan Stavans     vii
Preface     ix
Considerations     1
The Baby Bust: Who Will Do the Work? Who Will Pay the Taxes?   Rodolfo O. de la Garza     3
Proposition 187: Misrepresenting Immigrants and Immigration   Otto Santa Ana     17
Face the Nation: Race, Immigration, and the Rise of Nativism in Late-Twentieth-Century America   George J. Sanchez     54
Do Home-Country Political Ties Limit Latino Immigrant Pursuit of U.S. Civic Engagement and Citizenship?   Louis DeSipio     69
Theses on the Latino Bloc: A Critical Perspective   Rosaura Sanchez   Beatrice Pita     90
Voices     115
The Coyote and the Chicken   Luis Alberto Urrea     117
A Soccer Season in Southwest Kansas   Sam Quinones     125
Gladys: An Immigrant Story   Ilan Stavans     166
"Headed North" and "The Runner"   Ramon "Tianguis" Perez     180
Conversations with Ilan Stavans   Ruben Martinez     188
Selected Bibliography     197
Index     199
About the Editor and Contributors     205
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