Foreign migration to the United States is dramatically altering the demographic profile of the American electorate. Nearly a third of all Americans are of non-white and non-European descent. Latinos and Hispanics have recently eclipsed African Americans as the largest minority group in the United States. Between 1990 and 2000, Asians doubled the size of their population to more than 4 percent of Americans. Though immigration has altered the racial and ethnic composition of every state in the nation, surprisingly little is known about the consequences of this new heterogeneity for American politics. This book explores the impact and political consequences of immigration. After considering the organizations that mobilize new citizens to politics, the authors examine the political psychology of group consciousness for political mobilization. Finally, they consider the emerging patterns and choices of new voters.
• Moves beyond the old black/white paradigm in the analysis of racial politics • Addresses the impact of immigration on politics in America, particularly Latinos and Asians • Emphasises political behaviour, such as voting patterns, political psychology, and community political organisations
1. New race politics: the changing face of the American electoral landscape Jane Junn and Elizabeth Matto; 2. In whose interest?: political parties, context, and the political incorporation of immigrants Kristi Andersen; 3. Beyond black and white: the experiences and effects of economic status among racial and ethnic minorities Dennis Chong and Dukhong Kim; 4. Activity amidst diversity: political participation among Asian Americans Janelle S. Wong, Pei-te Lien and M. Margaret Conway; 5. Get me to the polls on time: co-ethnic mobilization and Latino turnout Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Marissa A. Abrajano and Jeronimo Cortina; 6. Se habla espanol: ethnic campaign strategies and Latino voting behavior Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto and Jennifer M. Merolla; 7. Structuring group activism: a macro model of black participation Fredrick C. Harris, Brian D. McKenzie and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman; 8. Black elites and Latino immigrant relations in a southern city: do black elites and the black masses agree? Paula M. McClain, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Monique L. Lyle, Niambi M. Carter, Gerald F. Lackey, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, Kendra Davenport Cotton, Shayla C. Nunnally, Thomas J. Scotto and J. Alan Kendrick; 9. Understanding the new race politics: conclusions and challenges Kerry L. Haynie.
'This collection of articles regarding minority and immigrant politics is an important first step to understanding the changing dynamics of the country's demographic makeup and the implications it will have on the political system. The authors are successful in moving the political conversation beyond Black and White while addressing potential difficulties that may be encountered by political institutions in mobilizing - or failing to recognize and mobilize - potential new voters.' Athena M. King, National Political Science Review