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.
"Latinos in New England is an important and wide-ranging collection that is sure to guide readers and researchers into unknown and neglected areas within Latino, ethnic and urban studies. From Latino class differentiation, suburbanization trends, the current state of Latino politics, and the relatively long history of Latinos in supposedly 'new' urban and suburban enclaves, this is a volume that no serious scholar can ignore."
—Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, New York University
"Books like Latinos in New England will be the mortar to building cross-cultural bridges. One of the contributions of this book lies in the fact that it does not retell or recount demographics. Instead it uses the data to lay open other avenues of inquiry and other ways of learning.... I highly recommend Latinos in New England not only for academic purposes but for those who think outside the box and those who believe that one size does not fit all. The United States is after all an unfinished and evolving nation."
—Linda C. Delgado, Board of Directors, Chair of Publications, National Association for Ethnic Studies, Inc.
"Latinos in New England provides a look at a region not much studied before. Its broad spectrum opens an opportunity to explore differences and similarities of the Latino experience in different contexts. The emphasis on the relationship of different Latino demographic groups runs throughout the book and enriches its conceptual framework."
—Blanca G. Silvestrini, University of Connecticut
"These 14 newly commissioned articles...offer a fine multifaceted view of the rapidly expanding Latino communities in New England. Articles overlap enough to provide continuity without undue repetition. Happily, they are all of good quality, and some...are outstanding...(T)his is a model composite view of Latino immigration....Highly recommended."
"Revealing the long history of Latinas/os in New England is simultaneously an important scholarly and political move....(T)he articles in this anthology make a timely intervention by debunking the persistent myths and misunderstandings of Latin American immigrants and Latinos...Each of these essays provides a compelling examination into the various ways that Latina/o communities have contributed economic, cultural, social, and political vitality to a region(.)"
—Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
“All of the contributors offer rich work on New England’s Latinos and great possibilities for comparative scholarship….(T)his edited collection proves that it is a prime region for examining the spectrum of Latino experiences across the U.S.”
—The Journal of American Ethnic History