Latinos and Political Behavior

John A. Garcia

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Latinos and Political Behavior

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This article describes central questions regarding the political behaviors of Latinos and the continuing challenges to exploring and understanding this population. It goes beyond an inventory and assessment of the extant research and provides a discussion of key issues and questions that warrant more complex approaches and theories. The underlying theoretical concern focuses on the nature of community among persons of Spanish origin and its public consequences (i.e., transformation of community inter-connections to public expressions). Any discussion of Latino pan-ethnicity necessarily leads us to consider how Latinos' social identities are associated with their integration into American society. A major theme of this article is a challenge to researchers to view Latinos with greater complexity, and expand the full range of their political behaviors. The most significant form of political expression among Latino immigrants has been the act of naturalization. Additional considerations and directions of Latinos and political behavior are covered.

Keywords: political behaviors; Latinos; pan-ethnicity; American society; naturalization; social identities

Article.  7511 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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