Latino Politics
Latino Politics, 3rd Edition

The third edition of this popular text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to Latino political engagement in US politics. Focusing on six Latino groups – Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans – the book explores the migration history of each and examines their political status on arrival in the United States, including their civil rights, employment opportunities, and political incorporation. Finally, the analysis follows each group’s history of collective mobilization and political activity, drawing out the varied ways they have engaged in the US political system.

Fully revised and updated, the new edition explores the state of Latino politics under both the Obama and Trump Administrations, discussing issues such as migrant detention at the US–Mexico border, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba. It encourages students to think critically about what it means to be a racialized minority group within a majoritarian US political system, and how that position structures Latinos’ ability to achieve their social, economic, and political goals.

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  • March 2021
  • 320 pages
  • 170 x 244 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents
Plates, Figures, and Tables
Preface to the Third Edition
1. Introduction: Latinos and US Politics
2. Mexican Americans: Conquest, Migration, and Adaptation
3. Puerto Ricans: From Colonized People to Political Activists
4. Cuban Americans: Occupation, Revolution, and Exile Politics
5. Dominicans: Political Upheaval, Imperialism, and Transnational Activism
6. Central Americans: Inequality, War, and Solidarity
7. Latina/o Participation: Individual Activity and Institutional Context
8. Conclusion: Latino Migration and Mobilization in Context Appendix
About the Author

Lisa García Bedolla is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Christian Hosam is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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“Insightful, well researched, and highly accessible, this updated and much-improved third edition of Latino Politics provides the most careful and complete analysis of Latinos' political diversity, and of their growing significance in American politics. A must-have resource for any student of Latino politics.”
Arlene Dávila, New York University

“This informative, accessible volume analyzes the diversity among Latinos and emphasizes their disparate histories of migration to the United States. Required reading for those attempting to increase Latinos’ political integration through voting or to mobilize them in the face of US nativist policies and rhetoric.”
Patricia Zavella, University of California, Santa Cruz

“García Bedolla and Hosam's award-winning and newly updated Latino Politics has become a classic in its field. A must-have book for scholars of Latinx politics, it does a masterful job analyzing the rich diversity of Latinx populations while also exploring the racialized contexts that bring these populations together. An outstanding work.”
Cristina Beltrán, New York University

 “With this revised edition of their definitive study, Lisa García Bedolla and Christian Hosam provide critical frameworks for understanding the breadth and diversity of Latino political life on its own terms. Rich in historical understanding and cultural analysis, Latino Politics will continue to engage students through its incisive assessments of racial incorporation and the dynamics of popular mobilization. Their incisive narrative exposes the constraining power of US majoritarian discourse by attending to the ways Latino mobilizations expand the political field while defending their distinct allegiances and visions of belonging.”
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Yale University

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