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How did Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Cubans become known as and#147;Hispanicsand#8221; and and#147;Latinosand#8221; in the United States? How did several distinct cultures and nationalities become portrayed as one? Cristina Mora answers both these questions and details the scope of this phenomenon inand#160;Making Hispanics. She uses an organizational lens and traces how activists, bureaucrats, and media executives in the 1970s and '80s created a new identity categoryand#151;and by doing so, permanently changed the racial and political landscape of the nation.

Some argue that these cultures are fundamentally similar and that the Spanish language is a natural basis for a unified Hispanic identity. But Mora shows very clearly that the idea of ethnic grouping was historically constructed and institutionalized in the United States. During the 1960 census, reports classified Latin American immigrants as and#147;white,and#8221; grouping them with European Americans. Not only was this decision controversial, but also Latino activists claimed that this classification hindered their ability to portray their constituents as underrepresented minorities. Therefore, they called for a separate classification: Hispanic. Once these populations could be quantified, businesses saw opportunities and the media responded. Spanish-language television began to expand its reach to serve the now large, and newly unified, Hispanic community with news and entertainment programming. Through archival research, oral histories, and interviews, Mora reveals the broad, national-level process that led to the emergence of Hispanicity in America.

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Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the United States.Through their language and popular music Latinos are making their mark on American culture as never before. As the United States becomes Latinized, how will Latinos fit into America's divided racial landscape and how will they define their own racial and ethnic identity?

Through strikingly original historical analysis, extensive personal interviews and a careful examination of census data, Clara E. Rodriguez shows that Latino identity is surprisingly fluid, situation-dependent, and constantly changing. She illustrates how the way Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to define themselves, represents a powerful challenge to America's system of racial classification and American racism.

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Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the United States. Through their language and popular music, Latinos continue to make their mark on America and are becoming more assertive and less content to remain America's "second minority." How then do they fit in to America's divided racial landscape and how do they define their own racial and ethnic identity? Are they just another American ethnic group, like Italians or Germans that will assimilate into English-speaking America? Or will they maintain a distinct Spanish-speaking culture for generations to come? Can this diverse group, made up of dozens of separate nationalities, even be considered a single "race?" Can they help bridge the gap between black and white Americans?<P>Through extensive personal interviews and careful analysis of census data, Clara Rodriguez shows that Latino identity is surprisingly fluid, situation-dependent, and constantly changing. She illustrates how the way Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to define themselves, represents a powerful challenge to America's system of racial classification and American racism.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-263) and index.

About the Author

Clara E. Rodriguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She is the author of numerous books and has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, MIT, and Yale University. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She was previously the Dean of Fordham University's College of Liberal Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Organizations

Introductionand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Making Hispanics:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Classification and the Politics of Ambiguity
Oneand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Civil Rights, Brown Power, and the andldquo;Spanish-Speakingandrdquo; Vote:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Development of the Cabinet Committee on Opportunities for Spanish Speaking Peopleand#160;and#160;and#160;
Twoand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rise of a Hispanic Lobby:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The National Council of La Raza
Threeand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; andldquo;The Toughest Questionandrdquo;:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The US Census Bureau and the Making of Hispanic Data
Fourand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Broadcasting Panethnicity:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Univision and the Rise of Hispanic Television
Conclusionand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Hispanic Category and the Development of a New Identity Politics in America
Notes
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814775479
Author:
Rodriguez, Clara E.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Eisenstein, Zillah
Author:
Mora, G. Cristina
Author:
Rodriguez, Clara
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Race
Subject:
Categorization
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
HISPANIC AMERICANS_SOCIAL CONDITIONS
Subject:
ETHNOLOGY_UNITED STATES
Subject:
UNITED STATES_CENSUS
Subject:
UNITED STATES_RACE RELATIONS
Subject:
ETHNIC STUDIES_USA
Subject:
ETHNOGRAPHY_USA
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Critical America Ser.
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 5 line drawings, 3 tables
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the United States.Through their language and popular music Latinos are making their mark on American culture as never before. As the United States becomes Latinized, how will Latinos fit into America's divided racial landscape and how will they define their own racial and ethnic identity?

Through strikingly original historical analysis, extensive personal interviews and a careful examination of census data, Clara E. Rodriguez shows that Latino identity is surprisingly fluid, situation-dependent, and constantly changing. She illustrates how the way Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to define themselves, represents a powerful challenge to America's system of racial classification and American racism.

"Synopsis" by , Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the United States. Through their language and popular music, Latinos continue to make their mark on America and are becoming more assertive and less content to remain America's "second minority." How then do they fit in to America's divided racial landscape and how do they define their own racial and ethnic identity? Are they just another American ethnic group, like Italians or Germans that will assimilate into English-speaking America? Or will they maintain a distinct Spanish-speaking culture for generations to come? Can this diverse group, made up of dozens of separate nationalities, even be considered a single "race?" Can they help bridge the gap between black and white Americans?<P>Through extensive personal interviews and careful analysis of census data, Clara Rodriguez shows that Latino identity is surprisingly fluid, situation-dependent, and constantly changing. She illustrates how the way Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to define themselves, represents a powerful challenge to America's system of racial classification and American racism.
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