The “American Dream” means many things to many people, but in general it can be said that it connects the idea of freedom to the opportunity for prosperity and upward social mobility.
Sandra L. Hanson and John K. White have joined together with a group of social scientists to explore the attitudes, experiences, and expectations of Latinos in their quest for the American Dream. The Latino/a American Dream asks many timely questions, including: how do Latino/as view the American Dream? Has the recent economic downturn affected their hopes of achieving the Dream? What about recent immigrants? What about Latina women?
The answers to these questions and more draw on sociology, political science, and history to paint a multifaceted portrait of Latino/a opportunity in America, both real and perceived.
SANDRA L. HANSON is the author of Swimming against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education. JOHN K. WHITE is the author or editor of over twenty books, most recently Party On: Partisan Politics from Hamilton and Jefferson to Today’s Networked Age. Both are on the faculty at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
What Readers Are Saying:
"At the most important level, research on the stratification beliefs of Latinos is badly needed; the overwhelming majority of the literature is restricted to black-white beliefs. In addition, the particular issue addressed is academically important and likely to strike a resonant chord with a large number of readers. It will undoubtedly be used in some sociology, ethnic studies and even policy-based courses."—George Wilson, Professor at University of Miami
“Readers of social issues and political science will find it a powerful survey that compares Latino conditions with those of other ethnic groups in this country, and which asks many important questions for any who would consider changing or contrasting facets of the American dream.” — Midwest Book Review