The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

by Leo Chavez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804759340

ISBN-13: 9780804759342

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Stanford University Press

From volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched in support of immigrant rights, the United States has witnessed a surge of involvement in immigration activism. Leo R. Chavez critically investigates the stories about recent immigrants to show how prejudices are used to malign an entire population-and to define what…  See more details below

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From volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched in support of immigrant rights, the United States has witnessed a surge of involvement in immigration activism. Leo R. Chavez critically investigates the stories about recent immigrants to show how prejudices are used to malign an entire population-and to define what it means to be an American.

Pundits and the media perpetuate the notion that Latinos, particularly Mexicans, are an invading force bent on reconquering land once their own and destroying the American way of life. Chavez contests this assumption's basic tenets, offering facts to counter the many myths about the "Latino threat." He concludes that citizenship is not just about legal definitions but about participation in society. Deeply resonant in today's atmosphere of exclusion, Chavez's insights offer an alternative and optimisitic view of the vitality and future of our country.

About the Author:
Leo R. Chavez is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804759342
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Constructing and Challenging Myths

1 The Latino Threat Narrative 21

2 Cultural Contradictions of Citizenship and Belonging 44

3 Latina Sexuality, Reproduction, and Fertility as Threats to the Nation 70

4 Latina Fertility and Reproduction Reconsidered 96

Pt. 2 Media Spectacles and the Production of Neoliberal Citizen-Subjects

5 Organ Transplants and the Privileges of Citizenship 113

6 The Minuteman Project's Spectacle of Surveillance on the Arizona-Mexico Border 132

7 The Immigrant Marches of 2006 and the Struggle for Inclusion 152

Epilogue 177

Notes 189

Bibliography 215

Index 247

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