Officially Hispanic

Officially Hispanic : Classification Policy and Identity

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Delving into questions of group classification and the meaning of identity,Officially Hispanic argues that the Hispanic category, as currently used by the federal government, does not capture the multiplicity of circumstances and identities among Hispanics. The standardized category then may need to be modified in order to serve its public policy purposes. This timely inquiry addresses one of the central questions of modern states: how to integrate, socially and politically, all of its citizens.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119699
  • 9780739119693

Review quote

Jose Idler has arrived, and his challenge to liberal cant, orthodoxies, and pieties will shake things up in social theory. His clear thinking, broad knowledge, creative ideas, imaginative illustrations, and rigorous argument hold promise of dispelling the academic fog that envelops our efforts to think through group identity, multiculturalism, ethnicity, and race. This book points our way to improved social understanding and smarter public policy. -- Jorge L. A. Garcia, professor of philosophy, Boston College ...the test is extensive...each chapter can be read separately or as part of a larger work...the volume is a great supplementary text for courses in the social sciences and humanities. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners. CHOICE the text provides clearly written and carefully researched philosophical explanations to broad-ranging political questions...the volume is a great supplementary text for courses in the social sciences and humanities. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. CHOICE, January 2008 Officially Hispanic addresses the thorny philosophical issues raised by classification policy and identity for Hispanics. Detailed research, clear writing, and provocative theses make this book a must read for anyone who takes seriously the challenges posed by the growth of the Hispanic population in the US. -- Jorge J. E. Gracia, SUNY Buffaloshow more

About Jose Enrique Idler

Jose Enrique Idler, PhD, is a government affairs consultant in Washington, D.C.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Classification Policy: A Very Basic Framework Chapter 2 Classifying Race and Ethnicity Chapter 3 The Presumption of Relevant Membership Chapter 4 Theorizing Membership: Culture, Value, and Recognition Chapter 5 Identity and Basic Membership Chapter 6 The Conditions of Relevant Groups Chapter 7 Nationality and Hispanics Chapter 8 Hispanic Identification and Common Identity Chapter 9 Hispanic Identity Making Chapter 10 Are All Minorities Equally "Minorities?" Chapter 11 Government, Classification, and the Recognition of Hispanicsshow more