Voz Sin Voto: Latino Immigrant Influence in the United States

By Carl Gutierrez-Jones.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Drawing on a range of historical examples, as well as on recent ethnographic work, this paper explores significant social changes taking place in many Latino immigrant communities (particularly in California), changes that are at least partially masked by tendencies toward neo-liberal models of agency to be found in imaginative representations of immigrant experience. Although modes of political influence and social participation have been cultivated by many Latino immigrant communities, these developments have been largely overlooked by treatments of this population in the media and popular culture, which tend to replicate “tragic immigrant narratives” that sacrifice recognition of collective immigrant agency in order to foster general audience sympathy for isolated undocumented immigrants who are defined by a form of social death.

Keywords: Immigration, Latino, Narrative

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 3, August 2015, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 25, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 318.863KB)).

Prof. Carl Gutierrez-Jones

Professor, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA