Latinos: Remaking America

By Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco; Mariela M. Páez | Go to book overview

Commentary
Carola Suárez-Orozco

The chapters in this section represent the work of some of the leading scholars in the field of Latino families. Coming from a variety of disciplines, they have expressed thoughtful insights into the experience of these families. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo brings us a sociological perspective on the growing role of immigrant women in the social reproduction service sector. She describes the concomitant long-term family separations and our consequent need to rethink and expand our definitions of family and motherhood. Family therapist Celia Falicov's many years of experience with Latino families, along with her exhaustive reading of the research literature, leads to her deeply textured theoretical formulation of immigrant families' experiential realties and challenges. She demonstrates the crucial function of preserving cultural practices and what she terms “dual visions” within the family. These practices are essential to maintaining family coherence and to increasing familial resilience in the face of the many ambiguous losses and assaults on identity that come with racial and minority status. Psychologist Ricardo Ainslie offers a psychodynamic perspective on how acculturative processes function in the lives of Latino immigrants and their families. He illustrates how the familial relational matrix is the foundation of a sense of embedded cultural identity and describes the “profoundly transformational” experience of the contacts between the old and new cultures. He demonstrates the psychological function of cultural symbols in the face of dislocation with implications for identity formation. Although these chapters are written from very different vantage points, they show a remarkable convergence of themes.

The papers eloquently articulate the inevitable losses (as well as the gains) that accompany migration. Nearly 40 percent of Latinos in the United States are foreign-born. But immigration does not affect only the first generation.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Research Agenda 1
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • Part One - Histories, Migrations, and Communities 39
  • Chapter 1 - Latino History in the New Millennium 45
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  • Chapter 2 - Caribbean Latinos in Historical Perspective 59
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  • Chapter 3 - Miami Cubans 75
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  • References *
  • Commentary 93
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  • Chapter 4 - Community Dynamics and the Rise of Street Gangs 97
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  • Chapter 5 - Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in School and Work Outcomes of Second-Generation Mexican Americans 110
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • Chapter 6 - Mutual Transformation 126
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  • Commentary 146
  • Chapter 7 - Latino Religious Life in the United States 150
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  • References *
  • Chapter 8 - Mass Public Responses to the “new” Latino Immigration to the United States 165
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  • Chapter 9 - The Effects of 1996 U. S. Immigration Reform on Communities and Families in Texas, El Salvador, and Mexico 190
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • Commentary 202
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  • Part Two - Health, Families, Languages, Education, and Politics 207
  • Chapter 10 - The Latino Health Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century 215
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  • Chapter 11 - Latinos' Access to Employment-Based Health Insurance 236
  • Notes *
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  • Commentary 254
  • Chapter 12 - From Braceros in the Fields to Braceras in the Home 259
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  • Chapter 13 - Risk and Resilience in Latino Immigrant Families 274
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  • Chapter 14 - The Plasticity of Culture and Psychodynamic and Psychosocial Processes in Latino Immigrant Families 289
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  • Commentary 302
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  • Chapter 15 - Mapping the Research Agenda 306
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  • Chapter 16 - Latin@ Languages and Identities 321
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  • Chapter 17 - Guideposts for the Nation 339
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  • Commentary 359
  • Chapter 18 - The Schooling of Latino Children 362
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  • References 372
  • Chapter 19 - Affirmative Action, X Percent Plans, and Latino Access to Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century 375
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  • Commentary 389
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  • Chapter 20 - Latino Participation in American Elections 398
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  • Chapter 21 - Gender and Citizenship in Latino Political Participation 410
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  • Commentary 430
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  • Epilogue - Racial Diversity and Corporate Identity in the Latino Community 435
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  • Afterword - American Projections 457
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  • Notes on Contributors 463
  • Index 467
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