Latinos in New England

Edited by Andrés Torres
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344 pages
6 x 9
17 tables, 14 figs., 13 halftones

The first comprehensive look at the growing Latino presence in New England

Read the Introduction (pdf).


More than one million Latinos now live in New England. This is the first book to examine their impact on the region's culture, politics, and economics. At the same time, it investigates the effects of the locale on Latino residents' lives, traditions, and institutions.

Employing methodologies from a variety of disciplines, twenty-one contributors explore topics in three broad areas: demographic trends, migration and community formation, identity and politics. They utilize a wide range of approaches, including oral histories, case studies, ethnographic inquiries, focus group research, surveys, and statistical analyses. From the "Dominicanization" of the Latino community in Waterbury, Connecticut, to the immigration experiences of Brazilians in Massachusetts, from the influence of Latino Catholics on New England's Catholic churches to the growth of a Latino community in Providence, Rhode Island, the essays included here contribute to a new and multifaceted view of the growing Pan-Latino presence in the birthplace of the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Latinos in New England: An Introduction – Andrés Torres

Part I: Demographic Trends, Socioeconomic Issues
1. Latino New England: An Emerging Demographic and Economic Portrait – Enrico A. Marcelli and Phillip J. Granberry
2. Immigration Status, Employment, and Eligibility for Public Benefits among Latin American Immigrants in Massachusetts – Miren Uriarte, Phillip J. Granberry, and Megan Halloran
3. Latino Shelter Poverty in Massachusetts – Michael E. Stone

Part II: Migration and Community Formation
4. Mofongo Meets Mangú: Dominicans Reconfigure Latino Waterbury – Ruth Glasser
5. Growing into Power in Rhode Island – Miren Uriarte
6. Quiet Crisis: A Community History of Latinos in Cambridge, Massachusetts – Deborah Pacini Hernandez
7. Latinos in New Hampshire: Enclaves, Diasporas, and an Emerging Middle Class – Yoel Camayd-Freixas, Gerald Karush, and Nelly Lejter
8. Brazilians in Massachusetts: Migration, Identity, and Work – C. Eduardo Siqueira and Cileine de Lourenço
9. Latino Catholics in New England – Hosffman Ospino

Part III: Identity and Politics
10. Descriptive Representation, Political Alienation, and Political Trust: The Case of Latinos in Connecticut – Adrian D. Pantoja
11. Latino Politics in Connecticut: Between Political Representation and Policy Responsiveness – José E. Cruz
12. Immigrant Incorporation among Dominicans in Providence, Rhode Island: An Intergenerational Perspective – José Itzigsohn
13. Politics, Ethnicity, and Bilingual Education in Massachusetts: The Case of Referendum Question 2 – Jorge Capetillo-Ponce and Robert Kramer
14. The Evolving State of Latino Politics in New England – Amílcar Antonio Barreto
Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Photographs follow page 222

About the Author(s)

Andrés Torres is Research Associate, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York. Until recently he was Professor and Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is past president f the Puerto Rican Sutdies Association and is the author of several books, including The Puerto Rican Movement:Voices from the Diaspora (Temple).