Mestizo Democracy : The Politics of Crossing Borders
It can come as no surprise that the ethnic makeup of the American population is rapidly changing. In this volume, John Francis Burke offers a mestizo theory of democracy and traces its implications for public policy. Mestizo, meaning ""mixture,"" is a term from the Mexican socio-political experience that represents a blend of indigenous, African, and Spanish genes and cultures in Latin America in which the influences of these cultures remain identifiable but interact with each other in dynamic ways. Burke analyzes democratic theory and multiculturalism to develop a model for effectively dealing with cultural diversity. He applies this model to official language(s), voting, employment, housing, and free trade, concluding that in the United States we are becoming mestizo whether we like it or not.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 157.5 x 236.2 x 23.9mm | 494.42g
- 31 Jan 2004
- Texas A & M University Press
- College Station, United States
- Revised ed.
- bibliography, index
"Burke's contribution to political philosophy is certain to raise the level of rhetoric in the field for years to come."
About John Francis Burke
John Francis Burke is a professor of political science and chair of the department at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is an active lay minister in a Houston Catholic parish characterized by diversity. With a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, he brings strong training in western political philosophy and religious studies to his study of mestizo culture in the United States..