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Author Chavez, Leo R. (Leo Ralph)

Title The Latino threat : constructing immigrants, citizens, and the nation / Leo R. Chavez.

Publication Info. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2008]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.868 C512L    Check Shelf
Description ix, 265 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-245) and index.
Contents Part 1. Constructing and challenging myths. The Latino threat narrative -- Cultural contradictions of citizenship and belonging -- Latina sexuality, reproduction, and fertility as threats to the nation -- Latina fertility and reproduction reconsidered -- Part 2. Media spectacles and the production of neoliberal citizen-subjects. Organ transplants and the privileges of citizenship -- The Minuteman Project's spectacle of surveillance on the Arizona-Mexico border -- The immigrant marches of 2006 and the struggle for inclusion.
Summary "From volunteers ready to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children who have marched in support of immigrant rights, the United States has witnessed a surge of involvement in immigration activism. In The Latino Threat, Leo R. Chavez critically investigates the media stories about and recent experiences of immigrants to show how prejudices and stereotypes have been used to malign an entire immigrant population -- and to define what it means to be an American. Pundits -- and the media at large -- nurture and perpetuate the notion that Latinos, particularly Mexicans, are an invading force bent on reconquering land once considered their own. Through a perceived refusal to learn English and an "out of control" birthrate, many say that Latinos are destroying the American way of life. But Chavez questions these assumptions and offers facts to counter the myth that Latinos are a threat to the security and prosperity of our nation. His breakdown of the "Latino threat" contests this myth's basic tenets, challenging such well-known authors as Samuel Huntington, Pat Buchanan, and Peter Brimelow. Chavez concludes that citizenship is not just about legal definitions, but about participation in society. Deeply resonant in today's atmosphere of exclusion, Chavez's insights offer an alternative and optimistic view of the vitality and future of our country."--Publisher description.
Subject Hispanic Americans -- Press coverage -- United States.
Mexican Americans -- Press coverage -- United States.
Emigration and immigration -- United States.
Immigrants -- Civil rights -- United States.
Citizenship -- United States.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States.
Prejudices in the press -- United States.
Immigrants in mass media.
Other Form: Online version: Chavez, Leo R. (Leo Ralph). Latino threat. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2008 (OCoLC)654293968
ISBN 9780804759335 (cloth alkaline paper)
0804759332 (cloth alkaline paper)
9780804759342 (pbk. alkaline paper)
0804759340 (pbk. alkaline paper)
Standard No. 40015771663
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