This edited collection brings together original research papers that explore an important aspect of race and ethnic studies, namely the processes that are shaping the making of Latina and Latino identities in contemporary America. This is a question that has received much attention in the USA over the past decade, and these papers make an original contribution to these debates. Much of this attention towards Latino/a communities in the USA can be seen as the outcome of public debates about the growth of these communities over the past three decades, and the consequences of this growth for social and political change. The papers in this collection highlight some of the key facets of contemporary research in this field. As original pieces of research they are at the forefront of current debates about Latino/a identities in contemporary America, and they provide research based insights into the changing experiences of these communities.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
1. Introduction: Making Latino/a Identities in Contemporary America Martin Bulmer, University of Surrey, UK, and John Solomos, City University London, UK
2. ‘Latino Before the World’: The Transnational Extension of Panethnicity Wendy D. Roth, University of British Columbia, Canada
3. Latinidad and Masculinidad in Hollywood Scripts Ana S. Q. Liberato, University of Kentucky, USA, Guillermo Rebollo-Gil, University of Connecticut, USA, John D. Foster, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, USA, and Amanda Moras, University of Connecticut, USA
4. Contexts of Bilingualism among US-Born Latinos April Linton, University of California, San Diego, USA, and Tomás R. Jiménez, Stanford University, USA
5. ‘I am Somebody’: Barrio Pentecostalism and Gendered Acculturation among Chicano Ex-Gang Members Edward Flores, PhD candidate, University of Southern California, USA
6. ‘It is their Nature to Do Menial Labour’: The Racialization of ‘Latino/a Workers’ by Agricultural Employers Marta Maria Maldonado, Iowa State University, USA
7. New Immigrant Destinations and the American Colour Line Helen B. Marrow, Universities of California at Berkeley and San Francisco, USA
8. An Assessment of the Latin Americanization Thesis Christina A. Sue, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
9. Are the Americas ‘Sick with Racism’ or is it a Problem at the Poles? A Reply to Christina A. Sue Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University, USA