Latinos Unidos: From Cultural Diversity to the Politics of Solidarity (Critical Perspectives Series: A Book Series Dedicated to Paulo Freire)

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9780847687299: Latinos Unidos: From Cultural Diversity to the Politics of Solidarity (Critical Perspectives Series: A Book Series Dedicated to Paulo Freire)

Latinos Unidos presents an unexpected perspective on Latinos—not only as a highly diverse and rapidly growing population in the United States with distinct social, cultural, and economic features—but as a new political force with a cohesive collective ethnic identity. Indeed, Latinos in this country constitute a new political power coming to grips with their global significance. Within two decades, Latino children will constitute a majority in urban public schools around the country. By the mid-21st century, Latinos (along with African-Americans) will represent half the U.S. population.

While much of the literature in the social sciences continues to stereotype Latinos as marginalized, poor, and low-achievers, unable to "assimilate" and function in mainstream society, Latinos are quietly taking important positions in academic, government, professional organizations, and the international world of economics. Their rapid flow into the U.S. has, to an extent, camouflaged this upward social, educational, and class mobility. Trueba, using his unique vantage point as a Latino immigrant and scholar, explores the vital issues of personal identity and resiliency, adaptive strategies, and successes of Latinos in North America in this pathbreaking book. Among the most fascinating and least known subjects he discusses are binational networks, which describe the bilingual and bicultural capabilities of a new generation of Latinos who can function on both sides of the border with Mexico. Most of all, readers will come away from Latinos Unidos with the growing significance of Latinos in the U.S. and their vital role in shaping the future.

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Enrique T. Trueba is Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor and chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Department of Education at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Anyone grappling with the complexities of Latino ethnic identity will find Latinos Unidos compelling. This moving work offers a variety of explanations for the cultural cohesiveness of the broad spectrum of Latino realities. It examines the cultural roots of Latino resilience and offers a roadmap for a 'pedagogy of hope.' Trueba argues convincingly that investing in all levels of education is both morally correct and economically imperative in preparing for the realities of today's (and tomorrow's) multicultural America. (Carolo and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco)

Trueba is a master storyteller. . . . This is a wonderfully exciting piece of work. (Walter G. Secada)

Trueba has written a very intersting book about the importance of education not only for Latinos, but also for the future of the U.S. The complexity and the clarity of argument, the detailed research, and the passionate narrative make this book highly recommended for all levels. (P. Vila Choice, July / August 1999, Vol. 36, No. 11/12)

Latinos Unidos is a landmark essay in the continual struggle to understand the growing Latina/o community at the dawn of the 21st century. Tueba's insight into contemporary political problems and his true passion for education, in its broadest sense, are truly an inspiration to young scholars and teachers. Trueba argues for culturally sensitive and politically sensible education in ways that are both intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving. Latinos Unidos is a must read for anyone interested in education, at any level, in the United States. (Rocky Mountain Review)

Trueba?s contribution to the ongoing discussion on Latino identity in the United States attempts to remedy this by offering readers a deeply-researched yet intimate portrait of the 'intriguing and unpredictable' contemporary history of Latinos in the United States. Latinos Unidos offers a passionate narrative, refreshing analysis, and a strong set of arguments underscoring the importance of education for the Latino population and for the future of the United States. I enthusiastically recommend this book to my colleagues in education, anthropology, sociology, and ethnic studies, as well as to university-level instructors of courses in cultural studies, teacher education, cultural diversity, counseling education, and educational administration. This is definitely a must read for anyone interested in education in the United States.. (Anthropology And Education Quarterly)

Trueba’s contribution to the ongoing discussion on Latino identity in the United States attempts to remedy this by offering readers a deeply-researched yet intimate portrait of the 'intriguing and unpredictable' contemporary history of Latinos in the United States. Latinos Unidos offers a passionate narrative, refreshing analysis, and a strong set of arguments underscoring the importance of education for the Latino population and for the future of the United States. I enthusiastically recommend this book to my colleagues in education, anthropology, sociology, and ethnic studies, as well as to university-level instructors of courses in cultural studies, teacher education, cultural diversity, counseling education, and educational administration. This is definitely a must read for anyone interested in education in the United States. (Anthropology And Education Quarterly)

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