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- DescriptionOver the past decade, much attention has been given to examining the growing political influence of Latis in the United States in order to define the so-called Lati vote. The idea of the existence of a coherent Lati vote or political agenda (encompassing the interests of various ethnic groups of Latin-American origin and kwn as civic Latinidad) is, as this book shows, t only highly debatable, but possibly politically unviable. Beltran's book is the first comprehensive critique of civic Latinidad and the Lati electoral and protest politics that work to erase political diversity and debate in favor of images of political and cultural unity. Situated at the intersection of political theory and Lati studies, Beltran's book analyzes the practices, perceptions, and assumptions that shape how Latis in the United States articulate their quest for political power and influence. The book looks at three key moments in U.S. Lati political history: the Chica and Puerto Rican civil rights movements of the late 1960s; the emergence of Latis as a pan-ethnic voting bloc in the 1980s; and the recent political activism surrounding illegal immigration. To this, Beltran applies political theory to analyze the relationship among participatory democracy, public speech, and racial identification and to link the study of Lati politics to the larger question of how subjects are made capable of collective action. The Trouble with Unity draws upon a diverse range of political, feminist, and cultural theorists to challenge the very existence of a coherent Lati political agenda with a pre-existing set of Lati interests that can be found and defended.
- Author BiographyCristina Beltran is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College.
- Author(s)Cristina Beltran
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication30/09/2010
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note10 black and white illustrations
- Weight354 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
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