Puerto Ricans in the United States : A Contemporary Portrait
Though now a significant ethnic group in the US, Puerto Ricans are rarely studied - and often misunderstood. Edna Acosta-Belen and Carlos Santiago change this status quo, presenting a nuanced portrait of both the community today and the trajectory of its development. The authors move deftly from Puerto Rico's colonial experience, through a series of waves of migration, to the emergence of the commuter patterns seen today. Not least, they draw on extensive data to dispel widespread myths and stereotypes. Their work is a long overdue corrective to conventional wisdom about the role of the Puerto Rican community within US society.
- Paperback | 230 pages
- 152.4 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
- 15 May 2006
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
- illustrated Edition
- Illustrations, map, port.
Table of contents
Introduction: Portrait of a Commuter Nation. The Colonial Experience. Migrations Before World War II. Postwar Migration Patterns. A Demographic Portrait. Social and Civil Rights Struggles. Voices and Images of the Diaspora. Overcoming the Colonial Experience: Future Challenges. Brief Chronology of Puerto Rican History.
This outstanding book captures the historical, cultural, demographic, and socioeconomic realities of Puerto Ricans. Very well written and argued, it is invaluable - and destined to become required reading. - William Velez, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee "An essential contribution. Carefully conceived, well written, and thorough, it will become a staple in Latino, Puerto Rican, and race and ethnic studies classes." - Pedro Caban, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
About Edna Acosta-Belen
Edna Acosta-Belen is Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American, Carribean, and women's studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she is also director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies. She serves as coeditor of the Latino(a) Research Review, which she founded with Carlos Santiago. Carlos E. Santiago is chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and professor in the university's Department of Economics. He has published extensively on the Puerto Rican diaspora.