Mission San Xavier del Bac, built 1783-1797, Arizona
Latinos currently form over 17% of the population in the United States. Forecasts tell us that by 2060, that percentage will rise to over 28%. While the numbers are substantial, presentation of Latinos in the media and popular discourse often frames them as immigrants, who recently arrived in the country. Indeed, the history of Latinos in the U.S. is a very long and rich one that illustrates the experiences and deep roots of Spanish speaking peoples in the country. We aim to use our class this semester to sociologically analyze both the historical and contemporary experience of U.S. born and immigrant Latinos.
Goals of the Course
Furthermore, the course helps to strip away common misperceptions about Latinos; drawing out the multiple dimensions of this very diverse group by investigating areas such as race, gender, family, work, and immigration policy. The course contextualizes the contemporary predicament of Latinos in the country as it relates to the pressing issues they confront such as economic inequality, the need for bilingual education, discrimination, and the struggle for access to full-fledged citizenship.