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Latinos and the 2012 Elections

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Abalos, David. Latinos in the United States: The Sacred and the Political. (University of Notre Dame, 2007). Abalos addresses salient sociological issues among Latinos, including autonomy and community, assimilation, and religion.


Abrajano, Marisa A. and R. Michael Alvarez. New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America. (Princeton University Press, 2010). Is there a clear Hispanic politics? Who are Hispanic voters? What are their political preferences and attitudes, and why? The first comprehensive study of Hispanic voters in the United States, this monograph paints a complex portrait of this diverse and growing population.


Beltran, Cristina. The Trouble With Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity. (Oxford University Press, 2010). The existence of a coherent, pan-ethnic Latino political agenda is, as this work argues, not only highly debatable but democratically unviable. Situated at the intersection of political theory and Latino studies, the book is a nuanced critique of civic Latinidad and the Latino electoral and protest politics that work to erase diversity and debate in favor of images of commonality.


Eckstein, Susan.The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the US and their Homeland. (Routledge, 2009). While it is widely known that Cuban émigrés have exerted a strong hold on Washington policy toward their homeland, Eckstein argues the recent arrivals, although poor and politically weak, have done more to transform their homeland than the influential and prosperous early exiles who have tried for half a century to bring the Castro regime to heel. The impact of the so-called New Cubans is an unintended consequence of the personal ties they maintain with family in Cuba, ties the first arrivals oppose.


Garcia, John A. Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Latinos constitute the fastest-growing population in the United States today, and Latino political participation is growing rapidly. Still, Latino political power is not commensurate with the numbers, and much potential remains to be tapped. García examines the development of this community and points the way toward a future of shared interests and coalitions among the diverse Latino subgroups.


Hardy-Fanta, Carol. Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston. (Temple University, 1993). Through an in-depth study of the Latino community in Boston, Hardy-Fanta addresses three key debates in American politics: how to look at the ways in which women and men envision the meaning of politics and political participation; how to understand culture and the political life of expanding immigrant populations; and how to create a more participatory America.


Lopez, Mark Hugo and Paul Taylor. "Latino Voters in the 2012 Election".  Pew Hispanic Center. November 7, 2012. The Pew Hispanic Center's analysis of exit poll data on Hispanic voters in the 2012 presidential election.


The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012: Catholics Favor Obama, Evangelicals Divided". October 18, 2012.


Pitti, Stephen. The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race and Mexican Americans. (Princeton University Press, 2003). Based on dozens of oral histories as well as unprecedented archival research, The Devil in Silicon Valley shows how San José, Santa Clara, and other northern California locales played a critical role in the ongoing development of Latino politics.


Santos, Fernanda. "Campaigns Find That for Many Latinas, Issues Are Personal, and Financial". New York Times. October 25, 2012. A breif analysis of the role of gender in U.S. Latina/Latino politics.


Valentin, Benjamin. Mapping Public Theology: Beyond Culture, Identity, and Difference. (Trinity Press International, 2002). Valentin explores the ways that Hispanic/Latino theology can overcome its fractious nature and strengthen its relevance to society and politics in general.