Significant changes in New York City's Latino community have occurred since the first edition of Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition was published in 1996. The Latino population in metropolitan New York has increased from 1.7 million in the 1990s to over 2.4 million, constituting a third of the population spread over five boroughs. Puerto Ricans remain the largest subgroup, followed by Dominicans and Mexicans; however, Puerto Ricans are no longer the majority of New York's Latinos as they were throughout most of the twentieth century.
Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition, second edition, is the most comprehensive reader available on the experience of New York City's diverse Latino population. The essays in Part I examine the historical and sociocultural context of Latinos in New York. Part II looks at the diversity comprising Latino New York. Contributors focus on specific national origin groups, including Ecuadorians, Colombians, and Central Americans, and examine the factors that prompted emigration from the country of origin, the socioeconomic status of the emigrants, the extent of transnational ties with the home country, and the immigrants' interaction with other Latino groups in New York. Essays in Part III focus on politics and policy issues affecting New York's Latinos. The book brings together leading social analysts and community advocates on the Latino experience to address issues that have been largely neglected in the literature on New York City. These include the role of race, culture and identity, health, the criminal justice system, the media, and higher education, subjects that require greater attention both from academic as well as policy perspectives.
Contributors: Sherrie Baver, Juan Cartagena, Javier Castaño, Ana María Díaz-Stevens, Angelo Falcón, Juan Flores, Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Ramona Hernández, Luz Yadira Herrera, Gilbert Marzán, Ed Morales, Pedro A. Noguera, Rosalía Reyes, Clara E. Rodríguez, José Ramón Sánchez, Walker Simon, Robert Courtney Smith, Andrés Torres, and Silvio Torres-Saillant.
About the Author
Angelo Falcón is president and cofounder of the National Institute for Latino Policy.
Gabriel Haslip-Viera is professor of sociology at City College of New York. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Race, Identity and Indigenous Politics: Puerto Rican Neo Taínos in the Diaspora and the Island.
Table of Contents
Introduction Angela Falcón Sherrie Baver Gabriel Haslip-Viera 1
Part 1 The Context
Chapter 1 The Evolution of the Latina/o Community in New York City: Early Seventeenth Century to the Present Gabriel Haslip-Viera 17
Chapter 2 Puerto Ricans: Building the Institutions for the Next Generation of Latinos Clara E. Rodríguez 57
Chapter 3 Latinos and Religion in New York City: Continuities and Changes Ana María Díaz-Stevens 80
Part 2 Under the Latino National Umbrella
Chapter 4 Where Have All the Puerto Ricans Gone? Andrés Torres Gilbert Marzán 111
Chapter 5 Perspectives on Dominicans in New York City Ramona Hernández Silvio Torres-Saillant 145
Chapter 6 Mexicans in New York at a Crossroads in the Second Decade of the New Millennium Robert Courtney Smith 175
Chapter 7 Ecuadoreans and Colombians in New York Javier Castaño 192
Chapter 8 Central Americans in New York Walker Simon Rosalía Reyes 220
Part 3 Politics and Policy Issues
Chapter 9 Puerto Rican and Latino Politics in New York: Still "Secondhand" Theory José Ramón Sánchez 257
Chapter 10 Latina/o Voting Rights in New York City Juan Cartagena 285
Chapter 11 Latinos and US Immigration Policy since IRCA: National Changes, Local Consequences Sherrie Baver 307
Chapter 12 Latino Core Communities in Transition: The Erasing of an Imaginary Nation Ed Morales 333
Chapter 13 Children First and Its Impact on Latino Students in New York City Luz Yadira Herrera Pedro A. Noguera 363
Chapter 14 Latinos and Environmental Justice: New York City Cases Sherrie Baver 380
Chapter 15 Latino Politics in New York City: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century Angelo Falcón 407
Chapter 16 Nueva York, Diaspora City: Latinos Between and Beyond Juan Flores 439
List of Contributors 450