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Latino Mass Mobilization

Latino Mass Mobilization
Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

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  • Publication planned for: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107434127

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  • In the spring of 2006, millions of Latinos across the country participated in the largest civil rights demonstrations in American history. In this timely and highly anticipated book, Chris Zepeda-Millán analyzes the background, course, and impacts of this unprecedented wave of protests, highlighting their unique local, national, and demographic dynamics. He finds that because of the particular ways the issue of immigrant illegality was racialized, federally proposed anti-immigrant legislation (H.R. 4437) helped transform Latinos' sense of latent group membership into the racial group consciousness that incited their engagement in large-scale collective action. Zepeda-Millán shows how nativist policy threats against disenfranchised undocumented immigrants can provoke a political backlash - on the streets and at the ballot box - from not only 'people without papers', but also naturalized and US-born citizens. Latino Mass Mobilization is an important intervention into contemporary debates regarding immigration policy, social movements, and racial politics in the United States.

    • The first full-length study of the largest mass protest marches in US history
    • Examines Latino political activism around immigration and electoral politics
    • Brings a new understanding to immigrant activism across the US and its role in recent American political history
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    Advance praise: 'Chris Zepeda-Millán delivers an instant classic … Latino Mass Mobilization will serve as the most complete account of immigration activism that has ever been developed across the social sciences. … Zepeda-Millán provides an in-depth and contextually situated account for where, why, and how the immigration marches of 2006 marked the dawn of contemporary Latino politics. This book is truly exceptional and its conclusion is clear – anti-immigrant rhetoric, policy, and attitudes will not be tolerated by the Latino community. There is no sleeping giant, but instead today there is a woke community engaged in protest and marches, navigating bilingual media, both old and new, registering and voting.' Matt A. Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles

    Advance praise: 'In a stirring account of the organization and impact of the immigrant rights protest wave, Zepeda-Millán upends our previous understandings of Latino politics and forces us to rethink the very factors that led to political mobilization and subsequent demobilization. The book advances a powerful and generative analysis of the relationship between race, protest, policy reform, and electoral politics.' Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley, co-author of Racial Formation in the United States

    Advance praise: 'Zepeda-Millán’s book locates a 'politics from below,' revealing unprecedented political activism in sometimes unlikely places. Highly original, deftly analyzed, and centering the voices and experiences of immigrants and their families, Zepeda-Millán’s book is both timely and timeless. It should be close at hand for those who are eager to learn about modern movements for immigrant rights, racial justice, identity formation, and forms of political agency and expression amidst political threats.' Vesla Mae Weaver, Yale University, Connecticut

    Advance praise: 'Combining insights from social movement, racial politics, and immigration studies, Zepeda-Millán’s book exposes multiple levels of meaning from the 2006 immigrant rights protest wave, through an examination of key episodes of collective action in California, New York, and Florida. Though zeroing in on a single moment of time, his book reveals lessons for the politics of racialization and immigrant rights in America today.' Sidney Tarrow, author of Power in Movement

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107434127
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Forging an immigrant rights movement, 1965–2005
    2. Weapons of the not so weak
    3. Promoting protest through ethnic media
    4. Coalitions and the racialization of illegality
    5. The suppression of immigrant contention. 6. Today we march, tomorrow we vote.

  • Author

    Chris Zepeda-Millán, University of California, Berkeley
    Chris Zepeda-Millán is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Faculty Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change at University of California, Berkeley. His research has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary journals, and he has been interviewed by several local, national, and international media outlets, including: the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, Univision, PBS, Colorlines magazine, several Pacifica Network radio stations, as well as Canadian, Japanese, and Vietnamese television stations and newspapers. He has also been an invited contributor to NBC Latino, Latino Decisions, the London School of Economic's USAPP blog, The Progress magazine, and Huffington Post.

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