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The Latino Question
Politics, Labouring Classes and the Next Left
While so many Latino/Chicano Americans struggle in pursuit of the 'American dream', while figures such as Donald Trump are accepted in mainstream politics, and scaremongering and paranoia is rife, the need for a vivid, empirically grounded study on Latino politics, culture and society has never been greater.
The Latino Question fulfils this need, offering a cutting-edge analysis of the transformative nature of Latino politics in the US. In a radical alternative to dominant ideas, the authors emphasise the importance of political economy for understanding Latino politics, culture and social issues. It draws from original research and a number of critical traditions including the thought of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci, to understand the politics of race and ethnicity in a modern capitalist society.
Including case studies of how Latino/Chicano communities across the US are not only resisting, but also reinventing and transforming ethnic politics in the age of neoliberalism, this book is required reading for all those hoping to understand the 'Latino question' in contemporary America.
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'This is a necessary book in these political times. Well researched and clearly written it exposes the problems and possibilities emergent when engaging and understanding the intersection of Latino politics in the American context. Rich in description and analysis the authors offer a lasting reminder that there is much and overlooked diversity amongst, across and within the matrix political category whose shorthand has too often been reduced to the word 'Latino' ' -- Marcus Anthony Hunter, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, CHAIR, Department of African American Studies, UCLA 'Studies of Latino politics in the past have largely failed to locate their discussions in the context of the American capitalist political economy and the class divisions that it fosters and that shape so much of the country's political and cultural struggles. The Latino Question provides a pathbreaking and extraordinary account of contemporary Latino politics' -- Mario Barrera, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and author of Race and Class in the Southwest (1979). 'This is a remarkable analysis of Latino politics and labour in this period of market-driven madness and unruly democracy ... a compelling critique of our political economy as well as offering us democratic alternatives' -- Rodolfo F. Acuna, Professor Emeritus and Founder, Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge and author of Occupied America (2014). 'A provocative book ... a timely intervention on Mexican American politics and labour' -- Congressman Raul M. Grijalva