Hispanics and the Future of America presents details of the complex story of a population that varies in many dimensions, including national origin, immigration status, and generation. The papers in this volume draw on a wide variety of data sources to describe the contours of this population, from the perspectives of history, demography, geography, education, family, employment, economic well-being, health, and political engagement. They provide a rich source of information for researchers, policy makers, and others who want to better understand the fast-growing and diverse population that we call “Hispanic.” The current period is a critical one for getting a better understanding of how Hispanics are being shaped by the U.S. experience. This will, in turn, affect the United States and the contours of the Hispanic future remain uncertain. The uncertainties include such issues as whether Hispanics, especially immigrants, improve their educational attainment and fluency in English and thereby improve their economic position; whether growing numbers of foreign-born Hispanics become citizens and achieve empowerment at the ballot box and through elected office; whether impending health problems are successfully averted; and whether Hispanics’ geographic dispersal accelerates their spatial and social integration. The papers in this volume provide invaluable information to explore these issues.
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction: E Pluribus Plures or E Pluribus Unum?--Marta Tienda and Faith Mitchell||1-15|
|2 The Making of a People--Rubén G. Rumbaut||16-65|
|3 The Demographic Foundations of the Latino Population--Jorge Durand, Edward Telles, and Jennifer Flashman||66-99|
|4 Redrawing Spatial Color Lines: Hispanic Metropolitan Dispersal, Segregation, and Economic Opportunity--Mary J. Fischer and Marta Tienda||100-137|
|5 Hispanic Families in the United States: Family Structure and Process in an Era of Family Change--Nancy S. Landale, R. Salvador Oropesa, and Cristina Bradatan||138-178|
|6 Barriers to Educational Opportunities for Hispanics in the United States--Barbara Schneider, Sylvia Martinez, and Ann Owens||179-227|
|7 Hispanics in the U.S. Labor Market--Brian Duncan, V. Joseph Hotz, and Stephen J. Trejo||228-290|
|8 Economic Well-Being--Cordelia Reimers||291-361|
|9 The Health Status and Health Behaviors of Hispanics--José J. Escarce, Leo S. Morales, and Rubén G. Rumbaut||362-409|
|10 Access to and Quality of Health Care--José J. Escarce and Kanika Kapur||410-446|
|11 Latino Civic and Political Participation-Louis DeSipio||447-480|
|Appendix A Contents "Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future"||481-483|
|Appendix B Biographical Sketches of Contributors||484-490|
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