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The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation

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"The Latino Threat represents cultural studies at its best . . . [T]he topic is timely, the synthetic approach is masterfully executed and the writing is lucid and accessible. I would recommend the book for undergraduate or postgraduate courses on the politics of immigration, ethnicity or media."—David Scott FitzGerald, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
"Chavez accomplishes a thorough, complex, wide-ranging, sophisticated and truly interdisciplinary read of this narrative, which balances the best of race and gender scholarship."—Arturo J. Aldama, Camino Real


"This books offers the reader a deep and compelling assessment of what 21st century geopolitics has in store for a country with an immigrant past, present a and future by addressing the issue of the Latino experience in the United States the author uncovers and carefully dissects the past immigrant narrative that produced the myth of the America Dream and American ingenuity while assessing what the current state of Latino immigration means for America."—Barbara Robles, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare


"Through a careful analysis of media spectacles and public discourse, Chavez interrogates and challenges the Latino Threat Narrative—the idea that Latinos are incapable of integration and are taking over and changing America. Chavez equally offers us a thoughtful analysis of conflicts over the meaning of citizenship in an increasingly globalized world. In an era of debate over immigration reform, this book is essential reading for scholars, policy makers, and a thoughtful public alike." —Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University


"In this tour de force volume, Leo Chavez offers a penetrating analysis of how Latinos have been socially constructed as a threat to the American nation by bigoted political actors for their own cynical purposes and draws expertly on logic, facts, and reason to expose the mythical threat for the intellectual fraud and moral travesty that it truly is."—Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University


"This is the most systematic examination available of the whys and whats behind the representation of Latinos as a threat. Chavez digs deeply into the history, politics, economics, and social psychology of this false representation frequently activated by the media. A key issue for Chavez is the connection between the "threat" and the crisis in the meaning of citizenship, at a time when cross-border mobilities multiply and rich foreign firms and professionals receive better economic protections than many poorer national firms and workers." —Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Territory, Authority, Rights

About the Author

Leo R. Chavez is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His publications include Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (1998) and Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation (2001).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (July 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780804759342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804759342
  • ASIN: 0804759340
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leo R. Chavez is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His single-authored books include Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (Wadsworth Publishing, 1997 2nd edition), Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation (University of California Press, 2001), and The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation (Stanford University Press, 2008). He is also the author of "Immigration and Medical Anthropology" in American Arrivals: Anthropology Engages the New Immigration (SAR Press, 2003) and "Wasting Away in Neoliberal-Ville: Mexican Immigrant Women's Views of Cervical Cancer, Social Inequality, and Gender Relations" in Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology (SAR Press, 2009). Chavez has been studying various issues related to transnational migration for over 30 years.

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Leo Chavez takes on a big project and completes it with outstanding academic rigor. He traces the ways in which Latinos are constructed as a threat to US society. Leaving behind the myth that Americans are only concerned with the issue of "illegality," Chavez documents the ways in which all Latinos (citizens, those with documents and the undocumented) become targets of xenophobia and nativism. He doesn't get bogged down with academic jargon, and yet his scholarship shines through. A highly recommended read, and a great book for undergraduate courses.
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This is really a great book. Very enlightening idea. I've studied a lot about immigration, but this book took a new perspective that really helped me better understand the popular and political environment.
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This book was exactly what the seller described. It had minor highlighting and markings within the book. It arrived in a short amount of time. And I would recommend the book to anyone - it's a great eye-opener with regard to those living in America without papers.
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A good look at a complex issue. Chavez brings his considerable expertise to an issue that is on the national stage.
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ugh I had to read the entire book...I am illiterate :(
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