Latinos have emerged as one of the fastest-growing ethnic populations in the American South. A 'New South' is taking shape in a region where culture and class relations have traditionally been constructed along black-white divides and experience absorbing culturally or linguistically foreign immigrants has been limited. This book presents a multidisciplinary examination of the impacts and responses across the Southeastern United States to contemporary Latino immigration. The rapid and large-scale movement of Latinos into the region has challenged old precepts and forced Southerners to confront the impacts of globalization and transnationalism in their daily lives. Drawing on theoretical perspectives as well as empirical research, the work provides insights into the Latino experience in both urban and rural locales. Each chapter is centred on the nexus between the immigrants' experiences in settling and adapting to new lives in the American South and the construction of transformed social, economic, political and cultural spaces.
Table of Contents
Contents: From Winn-Dixie to Tiendas: The remaking of the New South, Owen J. Furuseth and Heather A. Smith; New neighbors in Dixie: the community impacts of Latino migration to Tennessee, Anita I. Drever; The South's silent bargain: rural reconstructuring, Latino labour and the ambiguities of migrant experience, Rebecca Maria Torres, E. Jeffrey Popke and Holly M. Hapke; Migrants, markets and the transformation of natural resources management: galax harvesting in western North Carolina, Marla R. Emery, Clare Ginger and Jim Chamberlain; New destinations for Hispanic migrants: an analysis of rural Kentucky, Holly R. Barcus; Hispanic population growth and public school response in two New South immigrant destinations, William A. Kandel and Emilio A. Parrado; The multiple transformations of Miami, Heike C. Alberts; Latino communities in Atlanta: segmented assimilation under construction, Susan M. Walcott and Arthur Murphy; Placing Latino/as in the music city: Latino migration and urban transformation in Nashville, Tennessee, Jamie Winders; Making real the mythical Latino community in Charlotte, North Carolina, Heather A. Smith and Owen J. Furuseth; Transnationality, social spaces and parallel worlds, Altha J. Cravey; Across races and nations: social justice organizing in the transnational South, Barbara Ellen Smith; The new South in perspective: observations and commentary, John W. Frazier and Mark E. Reisinger; Index.
Heather Smith is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). She is also a Senior Researcher with the Vancouver, Canada-based Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM). Owen Furuseth is Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs at UNC Charlotte. Smith and Furuseth are co-directing research programs examining Latino immigrant experiences in the state of North Carolina and the Charlotte metropolitan region specifically.
'This book presents important scholarship on some of the newest destinations of US immigrants. Each chapter offers fresh and insightful analysis of the transformative processes at play in the New South. Understanding these new contexts - where rapid population growth and demographic change have accompanied economic restructuring - illuminates changes occurring in communities across America.' Audrey Singer, The Brookings Institute, USA 'Latinos in the New South is required reading for anyone interested in understanding the far-reaching economic, social, cultural and political transformation of the US South as a result of the dramatic surge in Latino immigration over the past decade and a half. Rather than resorting to simplistic generalizations, the rich case studies in this volume provide nuanced glimpses into the complex and varied ways in which Latino migration is reshaping places in this rapidly growing region.' Kavita Pandit, University of Georgia, USA 'This is an important book that should be read by students, faculty, government officials, and all citizens of the US.... Highly recommended.' Choice '...an excellent overview of demographic shifts and changing cultural landscapes in the Southern US.' Cultural Geographies