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The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader
     

The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader

by Richard Delgado (Editor), Jean Stefancic (Editor)
 

All too often, groups who do not effectively define themselves find that others assume the power to explain them. Until recently, this has certainly been the case with American Latinos/as, as evidenced by demeaning media stereotypes and the groups's near-invisibility in U.S. history texts.

Indeed, as the demise of the Soviet empire shifted America's national

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All too often, groups who do not effectively define themselves find that others assume the power to explain them. Until recently, this has certainly been the case with American Latinos/as, as evidenced by demeaning media stereotypes and the groups's near-invisibility in U.S. history texts.

Indeed, as the demise of the Soviet empire shifted America's national anxieties to domestic irritants, images of Latinos/as changed for the worse. Immigration reform acts in 1965 and 1986 brought millions of new immigrants from Latin American countries. By the end of the 1980s, their presence had become vexing to many. English-only movements sprang up. Bilingual education came under attack. Movements to close the border gained momentum.

Now, Latinos/as are speaking back. The Latino Condition brings together some of these new voices, and some of the pioneers, in law, sociology, history, politics, and literature. This pathbreaking volume addresses such questions as:

  • Who exactly is a Latino/a? Who is Hispanic? Who is Chicano/a?
  • How did Spanish-speaking people come to the United States?
  • Should the United States try to control Latino/a immigration and is this even possible?
  • How has "the silent minority" been stereotyped by popular culture?
  • Why don't traditional civil rights remedies work for Latinos/as?
  • Is assimilation possible, or even desirable, for all Latinos/as?
  • What makes for conflict between Latinos/as and other racial groups?
  • Are Latinos/as a race or an ethnicity?
  • Should Latino/a children be taught in Spanish?
  • What can border theory tell us about culture, language, and power?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A valuable and highly informative discussion of the theoretical questions that underlie the production of popular culture in the twenty-first century."

-Latin American Research Review

"The authors of these essays explore the theme of Latino/a identity by presenting popular media images of Latino/as and by examining the issues of representation that these images raise...instructive and useful."

- Choice

Booknews
Contributors address the historical origins of Spanish-speaking people in the United States, how they were viewed by the dominant culture, how those views were magnified into stereotypes by the media, and the growth of efforts in the Latino community of self- definition in opposition to these prejudices. Other topics include legal reform and resistance to prejudice, divisions within the civil rights movement, gender- and class-based divisions within the Latino community, issues of assimilation and bilingualism, and border theory. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814718940
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Pages:
715
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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From the Publisher

"The authors of these essays explore the theme of Latino/a identity by presenting popular media images of Latino/as and by examining the issues of representation that these images raise...instructive and useful."

- Choice,

"A valuable and highly informative discussion of the theoretical questions that underlie the production of popular culture in the twenty-first century."

-Latin American Research Review

Meet the Author

Richard Delgado is the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama and has collaborated on four previous books, including The Latino Condition, 2nd edition (NYU Press, 2010), The Derrick Bell Reader (NYU Press, 2005), How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds, and Understanding Words That Wound.

Jean Stefancic is Professor and Clement Research Affiliate at the University of Alabama and is the author of many articles and books on civil rights, law reform, social change, including No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda.

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