Latinos in the 21st Century: Their Voices and Lived Experiences


Inigo Álvarez and Ada Vargas (Editors)

Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000

Latinos in the 21st Century: Their Voices and Lived Experiences opens with the presentation of a study consisting of written surveys, focus groups, and individual interviews with 58 men and women who were seeking employment through the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) at the time of the study and were predominantly Hispanic immigrants. A central aim of this study is to develop an understanding of how Spanish-speaking Hispanic immigrant day laborers have fared financially in the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2007-2008, while also providing insights on the important role that a labor exchange, such as the MCLE, plays in the financial wellbeing of Hispanic immigrant workers.

Additionally, the use of a narrative approach to facilitating therapeutic conversations as a model for understanding and empowering Latinas and their lived experiences. The resiliency and strengths of Latina immigrants in adapting and coping with resettlement in a new country are also addressed. Next, the authors present an analysis usiung 2015 American Community Survey data to explore the determinants of homeownership among Cuban-Americans in the U.S. Homeownership is an important wealth-generating mechanism and access to it can determine the future socio-economic standing of the second generation and beyond. Drawing insights from the literatures on systemic racism and assimilation, this analysis tests two competing theories of homeownership stratification among Cuban-Americans. The final chapter focuses on the Latino migrant worker experience in the United States and its impact on their living conditions. Latino migrant workers (LMWs) constitute a paradigmatic case of a population subject to structural vulnerability. The authors argue that the dysfunctional U.S. immigration system creates a system of structural vulnerability which generates precarious circumstances in LMWs’ everyday lives and health status.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Precarious Paradise: The Financial Well-Being of Hispanic Immigrant Day Laborers in Malibu
(Luisa R. Blanco, Lila Carlsen, Dan Morrison, George Carlsen, Ashley Chaparro, Erick Molina, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Angelina’s Journey: Immigration Dreams and Disappointments
(Yvonne Ruiz, Ph.D., School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA, USA)

Chapter 3. Latinos’ Intergroup Contact and Prejudice in the United States
(Jason R. Popan, Jesse Acosta, and Michiyo Hirai, Department of Psychological Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, USA)

Chapter 4. Pathways to Cuban-American Homeownership: A Case Study of Race, Assimilation, and Ownership Dynamics
(Brandon P. Martínez, Nick Petersen and George Wilson, Department of Sociology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US)

Chapter 5. The Status of Latino Migrant Workers in the United States
(Jesús Sánchez, Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA)


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