Latino Homicide is the first empirically based, but readable book for courses to counter the conventional wisdom that immigrant populations only contribute crime to their communities. For this second edition, Martinez further emphasizes his argument with updated data and the addition of a new city, San Antonio. With fascinating case studies from police reports and actual cases from six varied cities, Latino homicide rates are revealed to be markedly lower than one would expect, given the economic deprivation of these urban areas. Far from dangerous or criminal, these communities often have exceptionally strong social networks precisely because of their shared immigrant experiences. Martinez skillfully refutes negative stereotypes in a coherent and critically rigorous analysis of the issues.
About the Author
Ramiro Martínez, Jr. is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Martinez has received several honors and awards. In 2011, he was a recipient of American Society of Criminology DPCC's Lifetime Achievement for outstanding scholarship in the area of race, crime, and justice. A native of San Antonio, Texas he now resides in Boston Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION: LATINOS AND VIOLENT CRIME 2. THE LEGACY AND IMAGES OF LATINO CRIME 3. THE EMERGENCE OF LATINOS AND LATINO COMMUNITIES: LOCAL CONTEXT AND CONTEMPORARY CRIME 4. THE ORIGINS OF LATINO COMMUNITIES 5. THE ROOTS OF HOMICIDE IN THE BARRIO AND ENCLAVE 6. THE ETHNIC AND IMMIGRANT HOMICIDE CONTRAST 7. RHETORIC AND REALITY: LATINO HOMICIDE MOTIVES 8. THE SAN ANTONIO BARRIO BECKONS, 1950-2010 9. CONCLUSION: STILL MOVING BEYOND RACE AND HOMICIDE RESEARCH