Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles Lisa Bedolla

ISBN: 9780520243682

Published: October 7th 2005

Hardcover

293 pages


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Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles  by  Lisa Bedolla

Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles by Lisa Bedolla
October 7th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 293 pages | ISBN: 9780520243682 | 10.16 Mb

This provocative study of the Latino political experience offers a nuanced, in-depth, and often surprising perspective on the factors affecting the political engagement of a segment of the population that is now the nations largest minority. Drawing from one hundred in-depth interviews, Lisa García Bedolla compares the political attitudes and behavior of Latinos in two communities: working-class East Los Angeles and middle-class Montebello.

Asking how collective identity and social context have affected political socialization, political attitudes and practices, and levels of political participation among the foreign born and native born, she offers new findings that are often at odds with the conventional wisdom emphasizing the role socioeconomic status plays in political involvement.Fluid Borders includes the voices of many individuals, offers exciting new research on Latina women indicating that they are more likely than men to vote and to participate in political activities, and considers how the experience of social stigma affects the collective identification and political engagement of members of marginal groups.

This innovative study points the way toward a better understanding of the Latino political experience, and how it differs from that of other racial groups, by situating it at the intersection of power, collective identity, and place.



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