Latinos and Latinas at Risk
Issues in Education, Health, Community, and Justice
by Gabriel Gutiérrez, Editor
January 2015, 828pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39925-1
$208, £155, 174€, A298
eBook Available: 978-0-313-39926-8
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An anti-immigrant vigilante group murdered a 9-year-old Mexican American girl and her father in 2009.

This two-volume collection of essays addresses the Latino/a experience in present-day America, covering six major areas of importance: education, health, family, children, teens, and violence.

The Latino/a presence in this country predates the United States itself, yet this group is often marginalized in the American culture. Many noted experts explore the ideology behind this prejudicial attitude, examining how America views Latinos/as, how Latinos/as view themselves, and what the future of America will look like as this group progresses toward equitable treatment. Through the exploration process, the book reveals the complexity and diversity of this community, tracing the historical trajectories of those whose diverse points of origin could be from almost anywhere, including the Americas, Europe, or other places.

Written with contemporary issues at the forefront, this timely collection looks at the resolve of the Latino people and considers their histories, contributions, concerns, and accomplishments. Pointed essays address disparate quality-of-life issues in education, health, and economic stability while depicting individual and group efforts in overcoming barriers to mainstream American society. Each chapter discusses key challenge areas for the Latino American population in everyday life. An engaging “Further Investigations” feature poses questions about most of the essays, leading to critical thinking about the most important topics affecting Latino/as today.

Features

  • Provides information from authoritative sources and data based on recent research
  • Includes ancillary tables, figures, and statistics for visual support
  • Features thoughtful questions and reflections on the chapters that support readers' further exploration of the topics
  • Shares some first-hand accounts and autobiographies along with selected interviews
Gabriel Gutiérrez, PhD, is director of the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) and professor of Chicano/a studies at California State University, Northridge. He is the former host of The Morning Review with Gabriel Gutiérrez on the Los Angeles Pacifica Network affiliate KPFK. He holds a doctorate in Chicano/a history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Reviews

"Latinos and Latinas at Risk is a solid resource for multicultural-studies programs at the college level."—Reference Reviews, June 9, 2015

"Recommended. Undergraduates and general readers."—Choice, July 1, 2015
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