New York’s New Latinos
Nearly one-third of New York City residents are Latinos, which makes the second edition of Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), co-edited by Professor Sherrie Baver (City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY), especially timely and topical.
In collaboration with political scientist Angelo Falcón and Professor Gabriel Haslip-Viera (City College), Baver turned to notable scholars in the Latino Studies field for a collection of essays on topics like race, culture, identity, health, criminal justice, media, and higher education.
While Puerto Ricans have remained the largest Latino population since the book’s publication, groups new to the metropolitan area, such as Central Americans, have complicated the conversation. “While we can debate which population has the biggest presence, the larger point is that, previously, when we thought about Latinos in New York, we mostly thought about Puerto Ricans,” Baver says. “This is the first time there’s been a serious discussion of Ecuadorians and Colombians, for example.”
Yet Latinos in New York aims to raise questions rather than provide easy answers. Baver notes that Latinos tend to still identify chiefly by their national origin, but she speculates that later generations may not. “Yes, we have all these diverse groups, but how will that play out?” she asks. “We’re hoping younger scholars will pick up the ball and continue our work.”
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Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition
University of Notre Dame Press, 2017
Gabriel Haslip-Viera (Professor, Sociology) | Profile 1