Latino Homicide: Immigration, Violence, and Community (Criminal Justice Series)

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9780415934039: Latino Homicide: Immigration, Violence, and Community (Criminal Justice Series)

According to some politicians and much of the mainstream media, immigrant populations only contribute crime to their communities. Seen as unmotivated and unemployed, these immigrants are thought to be a threat to society's moral fiber, and a burden to its justice system.

Ramiro Martinez tells a very different story in Latino Homicide. Studying five major cities--Chicago, El Paso, Houston, Miami, and San Diego--Martinez reveals Latino homicide rates to be markedly lower than one would expect, given the economic deprivation of these urban areas. Far from dangerous or criminal, these communities often have exceptionally strong social networks precisely because of their shared immigrant experiences. With fascinating case studies drawn from police reports and actual cases, Latino Homicide refutes negative stereotypes in a coherent and critically rigorous analysis of the issues.

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Ramiro Martinez is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida

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A seminal piece of research. -- Homicide Studies
Corrects the popular view of Latino homicides with hard evidence from five cities and strikes a balanced interpretation. -- James Diego Vigil, author of Personas Mexicanas: Highschoolers in a Changing Los Angeles
Latino Homicide is the first book to provide a regional and cross-city analysis of the homicide rates among Latino Americans. The book challenges public opinion concerning Latino violence and paints a more compelling picture that speaks well of the strengths of Latino culture. -- James Diego Vigil, author of A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City
Martinez sheds a penetrating light on the neglected and widely misunderstood subject of Latino violent crime. This is criminology at its best: Martinez debunks race and ethnic stereotypes with solid, empirical evidence, and objective analysis. Latino Homicide is a must-read for those interested in the complex intersection between violent crime, ethnicity, and immigration in twenty-first century America. -- Gary LaFree, author of Losing Legitimacy: Street Crime and the Decline of Social Institutions in America
Latino Homicide makes an essential contribution to understanding a subject rarely studied and little understood. This careful study provides evidence and context that demands rethinking stereotypes of Latino immigrant criminality and demands further research into the areas the author explores. -- Juan F. Perea, editor of Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States
Martinez sheds a penetrating light on the neglected and widely misunderstood subject of Latino violent crime. This is criminology at its best: Martinez debunks race and ethnic menueotypes with solid, empirical evidence, and objective menuysis. Latino Homicide is a must-read for those interested in the complex intersection between violent crime, ethnicity, and immigration in twenty-first century America. -- Gary LaFree, author of Losing Legitimacy: Street Crime and the Decline of Social Institutions in America
Martinez provides great insight into a topic that has too often been informed by stereotype, myth, anecdote, or pure speculation. -- Contemporary Sociology
Latino Homicide is a major step forward in the research literature on race, ethnicity, immigration, and violence. -- Contemporary Sociology
Corrects the popular view of Latino homicides with hard evidence from five cities and strikes a balanced interpretation. -- James Diego Vigil, author of Personas Mexicanas: Highschoolers in a Changing Los Angeles
Martinez should be congratulated for such an informative and well-organized book on an important subject that has received inadequate academic attention. A must read for anyone interested in Latino studies or Latino research. -- Cruz C. Torres, Texas A&M University

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