The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society

The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society

The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society

The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society

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Contemporary America is undergoing massive demographic and economic changes. Our society is currently riding on a large wave of Baby Boom prosperity and productivity. This population group will retire in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Whether or not our society remains competitive in the world economy at that time hinges directly on the productivity of the generation that will follow the Baby Boomers. In California and many other states, this generation will be largely composed of minorities, especially Latinos. In order to respond to these changes our political leadership must take a long-term view.

Our society is undergoing demographic changes in the racial, ethnic, and sex composition of three major age groups--youth, workers, and the elderly. These changes may well be the most important social trend in the United States over the next fifty years. Understanding these changes is fundamental to charting a successful course for American society.

The bulk of the book deals with Latino demographic, social, and economic characteristics: labor force participation, income, education, health, and political participation. In order to improve their situation, Latinos must understand their position as a group and as a community. The non-Latino population must become aware that this improvement of Latino status is also to its benefit. Latinos are underrepresented in many basic social roles, show low rates of political participation and economic productivity, and have a limited sense of commitment and belonging. There is a clear opportunity for developing and expanding our Latino intellectual traditions, particularly as they pertain to Latino social policy research. The Latino community needs to better understand . . .

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