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Latinos in American Society Families and Communities in Transition

ISBN-10: 0801476577
ISBN-13: 9780801476570
Edition: 2011
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Description: It is well known that Latinos in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of low educational attainment, high residential segregation, and low visibility in the national political landscape. In Latinos in American Society, Ruth Enid Zambrana  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 5/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

It is well known that Latinos in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of low educational attainment, high residential segregation, and low visibility in the national political landscape. In Latinos in American Society, Ruth Enid Zambrana brings together the latest research on Latinos in the United States to demonstrate how national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and education affect the well-being of families and individuals. By mapping out how these factors result in economic, social, and political disadvantage, Zambrana challenges the widespread negative perceptions of Latinos in America and the single story of Latinos in the United States as a monolithic group. Synthesizing an increasingly substantial body of social science research-much of it emerging from the interdisciplinary fields of Chicano studies, U.S. Latino studies, critical race studies, and family studies-the author adopts an intersectional "social inequality lens" as a means for understanding the broader sociopolitical dynamics of the Latino family, considering ethnic subgroup diversity, community context, institutional practices, and their intersections with family processes and well-being. Zambrana, a leading expert on Latino populations in America, demonstrates the value of this approach for capturing the contemporary complexity of and transitions within diverse U.S. Latino families and communities. This book offers the most up-to-date portrait we have of Latinos in America today.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction: Why Study Latino Families?
Demographic Trends: Past, Present, and Future
How Have Latinos Been Studied?
The Importance of Education
Girlhood to Womanhood
Boyhood to Manhood
Physical and Mental Well-Being through Adulthood
Public Service Systems as Sites of the Reproduction of Inequality
Persistent Images and Changing Perceptions in the Twenty-First Century
Capturing the Lives of Latinos in the United States: Advancing the Production of Critical Social Science Knowledge
References
Index

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