The Latinization of the United States is reflected in forces that reach well beyond our borders. It asserts itself demographically, politically, in the workplace, and in daily life. Now, with Latinos positioned to help bring about change in the Americas from within the U.S., Latin Americans and their emigrant communities are developing new relationships.
Borderless Borders explores four themes that engage the Latino community inside and outside the U.S.:
-- emerging forms of global and transnational interdependence
-- the impact of economic and political restructuring within the U.S., especially within Latino communities
-- changing concepts of community, citizenship, political participation, and human rights as individuals and families construct identities for themselves in more than one setting
-- new approaches to international relations and issue-oriented social movements and organizations that are developing among these mobile populations
Frank Bonilla is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College as well as former Managing Director of the Inter University Program in Latino Research.
Edwin Melendez is Professor and Director of the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Rebecca Morales is Research Associate at San Diego's Center for U.S Mexican Studies and former Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Maria de los Angeles Torres is Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.
CONTRIBUTORS: Jeremy Brecher, Pedro Caban, Jorge Chapa, Maria P. Fernandez Kelly, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Manuel Pastor Jr., Saskia Sassen, Gerald Torres, Silvio Torres-Saillant, Carol Wise, and the editors.
Acknowledgments Preface: Changing the Americas from Within the United States - Frank Bonilla 1. Dependence or Interdependence: Issues and Policy Choices Facing Latin Americans and Latinos - Rebecca Morales Part I: Global Interdependence 2. Interdependence, Inequality, and Identity: Linking Latinos and Latin Americans - Manuel Pastor, Jr. 3. Trading Places: U.S. Latinos and Trade Liberalization in the Americas - Manuel Pastor, Jr. and Carol Wise 4. The Transnationalization of Immigration Policy - Saskia Sassen Part II: The Reconfigured United States 5. The Burden of Interdependence: Demographic, Economic, and Social Prospects for Latinos in the Reconfigured U.S. Economy - Jorge Chapa 6. From Estrangement to Affinity: Dilemmas of Identity Among Hispanic Children - Patricia Fernandez-Kelly 7. The Economic Development of El Barrio - Edwin Melendez Part III: The Politics and Identity of Diaspora 8. 1995 - Terreno Peligroso/Danger Zone: Cultural Relations Between Chicanos and Mexicans at the End of the Century - Guillermo Gomez-Pena 9. Visions of Dominicanness in the United States - Silvio Torres-Saillant 10. The Legacy of Conquest and Discovery: Meditations on Ethnicity, Race, and American Politics - Gerald Torres 11. Transnational Political and Cultural Identities: Crossing Theoretical Borders - Maria de los Angeles Torres Part IV: Reaching for the Civil Society on a Global Scale 12. Popular Movements and Economic Globalization - Jeremy Brecher 13. The New Synthesis of Latin-American and Latino Studies - Pedro Caban 14. Rethinking Latino/Latin-American Interdependence: New Knowing, New Practice - Frank Bonilla Notes About the Illustrations - Bibiana Suarez About the Contributors Index