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Latino Social Movements: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

Edited by Rodolfo D. Torres and George Katsiaficas

As the twenty-first century begins, Latinos make up the fastest-growing population in the United States. By 2009, Latinos will become the largest racial ethnic group. More important than sheer numbers is the fact that Latino men and women represent a significant and growing part of the US working class. In spite of the increasing importance of the Latino population, there has been a paucity of critical scholarship analyzing the socio-economic consequences of these trends. Latino Social Movements addresses these issues in an engaging and lucid manner.

Focusing on class politics, community development, patriarchy, and capital, the contributors trace these concerns within the context of popular attempts to transform the social conditions of Latino life. In doing so, this powerful collection of original essays sets forth an essential and much delayed mapping of Latino politics in "postindustrial" capitalism.